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Presented By: Rackham Graduate School

Conflict in the Classroom: Reflections on Practice

Conflict in the Classroom: Reflections on Practice invites instructors to seriously consider their roles as facilitators of challenging content in the classroom. Participants will watch a theatrical case study depicting many different options for ways an instructor might set up teaching challenging material, meet conflict when it arises, and follow up with students after conflicts occur. Throughout, participants will consider how an instructor’s personal commitments and decision-making differently affects the classroom climate, and opens up possibilities for future action. At the session’s close, participants will have time to reflect on their own commitments and goals for engaging with conflict in the classroom.
The theatrical case study in this session contains strong language and depicts a class engaging with statistics about abortion and larger systemic inequities like transphobia and racism.
In our time together, participants will:

Consider how an instructor’s personal commitments and decision-making matter when teaching challenging material and meeting conflict in the classroom.
Analyze practices instructors can use to set up challenging material, meet (potential) conflict when it occurs, and follow up after it happens.
Reflect on the ways that different choices affect classroom climate for students and faculty.
Create personal goals for engaging with conflicts before, during, and after class.

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