T.A. HSTAA 101
Thursday 9:30 and by appt. Thursday 10:30
Purpose: Sections offer students
a valuable opportunity to engage the week’s readings and
lectures in a more interactive and conversational manner than
is possible during regular class time. As a group, we will discuss
the week’s relevant ideas and themes critically and creatively.
During sections, students will also receive some time to prepare
for exams and find out how to write clear and effective college-level
essays based on a synthesis of knowledge acquired from various
Expectations: First and foremost,
students are expected to show up to section on time. Latecomers
interrupt the flow of discussion and often miss important announcements
regarding due dates, schedule changes etc. If you know in advance
that you are going to miss a section please inform me promptly.
That way I can make sure you are brought up to speed on all
important class information. It is also vitally important that
everyone understand that individual participation is mandatory.
Everyone is expected to prepare for sections by doing the required
reading, and everyone is expected to share ideas with the group.
Shy students will have to get over their inhibitions quickly.
Also, as a common courtesy, students should turn off all cell
phones before coming to class.
Grading: I will assess your
class participation grade based on your contributions in section.
At certain times you might be asked to compose one-page response
papers or take an in-class quiz. We will likely also work in
small groups periodically throughout the quarter. Make sure
that you check your student e-mail account on a regular basis.
I will send important section e-mails almost every week.
Written Work: All students
will have 2 essays to compose over the course of this quarter.
We will work in sections on how to construct a quality history
paper; and I will be available to answer any specific questions
you may have. The History Writing Center (Smith 210c) is another
excellent source of help and information.
Sensitivity—and its Limits:
There is much talk these days—especially on college campuses—about
“sensitivity.” And while being sensitive to the
feelings of others is a necessity in a multicultural environment,
sometimes this mindset can become a subtle form of censorship.
Remember: the most important kind of diversity is diversity
of thought. So, if you are a speaker, be aware of—and
respectful toward—your audience. And if you are a listener,
don’t let your particular beliefs or sensibilities prevent
you from considering new ideas and fresh perspectives.