Tricks of the Trade: Facilitating Active and Inclusive Discussions
This workshop will help TAs develop strategies for leading effective discussion sections. We will address common challenges and discuss ways of addressing those challenges in the classroom. TAs will be exposed to different facilitation approaches as well as concrete participation guidelines. TAs will come away with a drafted “participation policy” of their own that they can use in their classes as well as a list of resources for receiving feedback on their teaching.
About the Facilitators:
Caitlin is a fifth year Ph.D. candidate in the history department. She studies how practices of history education in Western Uganda have evolved over the course of the 19th-20th century. She has been a TA at Northwestern for a variety of courses and she will be teaching her own course on the global history of the year 1948 in the spring. She is particularly interested in thinking about creative courses designs for introductory history classes and in discussions about building inclusive and active classrooms.