Facilitating Challenging Conversations in the Classroom
Friday, September 25th, 2015
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Eads Hall, Rm. 217
While the classroom can be a space for open, respectful discussion of sensitive or controversial topics, facilitating such discussions can be a challenging prospect. This workshop for Washington University faculty will provide the opportunity to develop strategies for fostering critical thinking, open-mindedness, and civil discourse in the classroom.
Participants will discuss the following topics:
Establishing ground-rules for respectful dialogue and debate in the classroom
Creating a clear structure to guide challenging conversations
Developing facilitation strategies that encourage the class to understand and value diverse perspectives
Effectively managing and responding to intense disagreement or other “hot moments” in the classroom
Presenter: Beth Fisher, Ph.D., Director of Academic Services, The Teaching Center and Lecturer in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Registration is required and limited to 15. Participants are encouraged to bring a lunch. Snacks and drinks will be provided.