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Preparing for Difficult Classroom Conversations: Strategies for Both Expert and Novice Facilitators
Start Date: 12/8/2017Start Time: 9:30 AM
End Date: 12/8/2017End Time: 12:30 PM

Event Description:
Difficult classroom conversations can arise in any discipline: contentious current events, challenging course content, and events on campus and in students' lives can all be the impetus for unexpected comments, a challenging turn in dialogue, or a need to proactively acknowledge an issue. How can we lead conversations that create a more supportive, respectful course climate? How can we tie these discussions to our course content? How do we navigate this without derailing our lesson plan? In this workshop, we will discuss how the structure of classroom discussion, the classroom ground rules, and the facilitation skills of the faculty member all work together to help us navigate difficult conversations while creating a positive course climate and enhancing student learning. We will review the characteristics of a positive course climate, strategies for ground rule creation, how to create discussion structures that lead to deeper listening, respect, and equitable participation, and how to draw on these structures to facilitate unexpected difficult conversations. After reviewing and practicing these strategies, we will apply them to case studies involving challenging classroom moments.
Location Information:
Boston Campus - Sargent Hall  (View Map)
120 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02108
Room: Function Room, 1st floor
Contact Information:
Phone: 617-573-8222

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