Teaching Assistants' Training Program

Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation, 130 St. George Street, Robarts Library, 4th floor

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Tackling “Hot Moments” in the Classroom: Effectively Navigating Controversial or Polarizing Material

Thursday, March 10, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST


Thursday, March 10, 2016
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST
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Blackburn Room, Robarts Library 4th Floor – ELECTIVE

Salina Abji, TATP Social Sciences Trainer
Nick Eaves, TATP Sciences Trainer

Session description: This two-hour workshop is designed to share strategies and develop methods for teaching contentious or sensitive subjects. TAs will learn not simply how to manage heated debates but also how to foster critical thinking and deep learning in moments of conflict. In the workshop, we will explore and practise a range of techniques to: maintain appropriate focus in class discussions; identify and attend to power dynamics in the classroom; assist students in identifying and reflecting on the basis for their views; and ensure that a range of voices and opinions are heard.

*This session can count as Discussion-Based Tutorial Training



Blackburn Room


Salina Abji
Nick Eaves