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The Many Grabbings of Banazir

How many of you have been "grabbed in the hall" as a teaching assistant or instructor?

I don't mean literally seized, but rather "tapped on the shoulder" or just called as you are walking somewhere (when it's not your class time or office hours). How did you respond?

Perhaps your students respect your personal space. Nowadays, students approach me anywhere, any time, and ask me to give them a moment's attention, which I always do, unless it's going to make me late for class. (It's certainly made me late for everything else, though!)

Back when I was a TA for CS 125, Introduction to Computer Science, at the University of Illinois, students used to literally grab me from behind. One time, I shrugged it off reflexively, and the student recoiled, realizing it was something he shouldn't do. I said as much. Another time, a (male) student followed me into the men's washroom to ask a question, and I had to explain that this was not quite fair to some of the students.

Maybe I'm not being emphatic enough...

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Banazir

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bojojoti
Nov. 21st, 2008 05:51 am (UTC)
You must seem very approachable. Or have oblivious students.
banazir
Nov. 21st, 2008 06:11 am (UTC)
Oblivious students
Hm, maybe so. I don't think I'm all that approachable. I just don't bristle when people ask if I have a moment, or run away. (Maybe that's what passes for "approachable" around here.)

TBH, though, I think it's a function of desperation or need. I'm definitely approached more by students who feel pressure, are in academic trouble, etc.

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Banazir
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