Teaching assistants are expected to have greater content expertise than their students, but they too may find certain concepts counterintuitive. What should we do if TAs don't know the right answer?
July 3, 2018
What did you notice in this episode? Talk to your neighbor about what you noticed.
The TA supervisor (Linda) establishes that there is “definitely a student split” in answers to the pretest question, but she doesn’t say which answer is right. Why do you think she keeps her description neutral?
Andrew asks Linda to tell them the answer, and Linda doesn’t do so. What does she do instead?
Does Andrew seem uncomfortable to you? Why might he be uncomfortable?
Does Linda seem uncomfortable to you? Why might she be uncomfortable?
Do you think this interaction will have negative consequences?
What does this episode suggest that we should do if the the TAs don’t know the right answer?