POSTPONED TO FALL 2020: Pedagogy in Practice: Calling Out / Calling In: Facilitating Classroom Conversations on Challenging Concepts with Margaret Lowry
THIS EVENT WILL BE OFFERED IN FALL 2020. PLEASE CHECK BACK IN AUGUST FOR NEW DATE AND TIME.
Facilitating classroom conversations about difficult topics can be challenging for many reasons. Faculty members often don’t feel prepared to respond to students who make comments that are sexist, racist, or heterosexist, even when those students are earnestly trying to grapple with course texts and concepts. On the flip side, students who are eager to learn more about controversial topics are often too scared to voice their ideas for fear of being called out, shamed, or labeled as ignorant. As longtime social justice advocate and public intellectual Loretta Ross argues, “Call-outs make people fearful of being targeted. People avoid meaningful conversations when hypervigilant perfectionists point out apparent mistakes, feeding the cannibalistic maw of the cancel culture.”
The challenges of helping students feel more comfortable discussing challenging topics is intertwined with our own abilities as instructors to feel confident about how to handle the ill-informed or hurtful comments that students sometimes unintentionally make as they grapple with the concepts they are learning.
This workshop addresses ways for instructors to create a class climate in which students feel comfortable thinking through their ideas out loud and faculty members have tools for “calling in” students whose comments are unintentionally inappropriate. As Ross argues, “Calling-in engages in debates with words and actions of healing and restoration, and without the self-indulgence of drama.”
In this workshop, instructors will learn how to:
- Create a “call-in” statement for the course syllabus
- Work with students to develop effective community guidelines for class discussion
- “Call in” students who unintentionally make ill-informed or hurtful comments
This workshop meets Koehler Center Outcomes 1.1, 1.2, 2.1, 2.2
Wednesday, April 1 at 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
TCU Campus Store, 209
2950 West Berry Street, Fort Worth, TX 76109