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E-motional Interaction Between Teaching Assistants and Students:Expressing emotions via WebCT
Unformatted Document Text:  Teaching, Emotion, & Technology 20 about my holiday … Hope you had pumpkin pie … it rocks. TA:)” (#71a). Student Leo offers a very personal account (disclosure) in an e-mail chain (#59-59c) when he responds to a former comment by his TA about his previous speaking experiences. He writes, I took a speech class in high school and passesd with an A. I was also President of my class among other things, … so I have spoken in front of large groups of people before at class meetings, and at graduation. My major is computer graphics technology … In high school I was an art major and had anticipated going to a liberal arts school, or an art institute for my undergraduate studies. However, i became interested in computers so I ended up here at ol MU. Well... thats more than i usually tell people about myself in a single email. I'm beat. =) [sic]. (#59) Also in a TARWE disclosure, Leo’s TA relates to his personal interests and his upcoming assignment by writing, … I think this will be fun. And I am pleased that you feel COM 101 re-emphasizes what you are going to say. I took a graphics comm. class in undergrad, and one in web page design, and both classes echoed what you are going to teach tomorrow. Unfortunately, all the technology I learned is way out of date … and that was only three years ago! Oh well. (#59c) Other SIWE e-mails categorized beneath this theme displayed more intimate explanations of circumstances (e.g., e-mail chain #73-73e). In e-mail #64 student Morgan writes an intimate explanation of her absences: This is pretty hard for me to be telling someone i really dont know but you need a reason for me not being in attendance in class tomorrow. to be brief...ive had a lot of family issues to deal with in the very recent times, that was a factor to why i wasnt in class on monday, and ive been trying to hide the fact that ive been pretty upset since

Authors: Tsetsura, Katerina., Bigam, Mellisa., Buford, Laura. and Chen, Xiaolei.
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Teaching, Emotion, & Technology 20
about my holiday … Hope you had pumpkin pie … it rocks. TA:)” (#71a). Student Leo offers a
very personal account (disclosure) in an e-mail chain (#59-59c) when he responds to a former
comment by his TA about his previous speaking experiences. He writes,
I took a speech class in high school and passesd with an A. I was also President of
my class among other things, … so I have spoken in front of large groups of people
before at class meetings, and at graduation. My major is computer graphics
technology … In high school I was an art major and had anticipated going to a
liberal arts school, or an art institute for my undergraduate studies. However, i
became interested in computers so I ended up here at ol MU. Well... thats more than
i usually tell people about myself in a single email. I'm beat. =) [sic]. (#59)
Also in a TARWE disclosure, Leo’s TA relates to his personal interests and his upcoming
assignment by writing,
… I think this will be fun. And I am pleased that you feel COM 101 re-emphasizes
what you are going to say. I took a graphics comm. class in undergrad, and one in
web page design, and both classes echoed what you are going to teach tomorrow.
Unfortunately, all the technology I learned is way out of date … and that was only
three years ago! Oh well. (#59c)
Other SIWE e-mails categorized beneath this theme displayed more intimate explanations of
circumstances (e.g., e-mail chain #73-73e). In e-mail #64 student Morgan writes an intimate
explanation of her absences:
This is pretty hard for me to be telling someone i really dont know but you need a
reason for me not being in attendance in class tomorrow. to be brief...ive had a lot of
family issues to deal with in the very recent times, that was a factor to why i wasnt in
class on monday, and ive been trying to hide the fact that ive been pretty upset since


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