Teaching advice often emphasizes getting to know your students as a way to increase class participation and reach course learning goals. But, what exactly does it mean to get to know one’s students? And how might doing this improve students’ learning? This workshop will cover practices instructors can use to increase their knowledge of students’ identities and encourage students to bring their entire selves into the classroom. Workshop participants will work on ways to get to know their students professionally, both early on and throughout the semester. We will also discuss how knowing about your students’ identities can help you improve students’ overall performance in your class. Lastly, we will discuss ways for TAs to use recitation time creatively to increase their knowledge of students’ identities.
Counts toward the CTL Teaching Certificate. Also counts as a follow-up workshop for SAS participants in TA Training.