Create an environment where students feel safe approaching teaching assistants for help to ensure they get all the support they need to succeed in the course.

  • Brainstorm with your teaching assistants (TAs) ways in which they can make all students feel welcome in the class.
  • Consider having your TAs read and discuss Barker, Garvin-Doxas, and Jackson’s article "Defensive climate in the computer science classroom" to help them avoid creating a competitive classroom climate.
  • Note from the CS Teaching Tips Team: Check out our tip on training TAs to provide feedback using a growth mindset.