Guiding Not Giving: Helping Students Figure Things Out Themselves

Emmabeth Parrish, CTL Graduate Fellow, Materials Science and Engineering

Thursday, October 30 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Location: Graduate Student Center 305

Summary: Often students come to TAs asking questions like: Is this the correct answer? How do you do this problem? Will I need to know this for the test? This session with help TAs better direct such inquiries toward helping students better grasp course content and think independently. Participants will discuss practical ways to answer these questions so as to prompt student thinking. After the session they will be better able to distinguish between showing students the pathway to solutions from giving them the solutions. They will leave thinking about how their teaching methods can guide students to figure things out for themselves.