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Teaching in Context: Strategies for Setting and Maintaining a Productive Classroom, Campus Climate

Week 8:  Tuesday, February 28, 2017, 10:00am-noon
Knight Library Browsing Room
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Hosted by the UO Graduate School

Panelists: Lee Rumbarger and Jason Schreiner (TEP), Sandy Weintraub (Director of Student Conduct & Community Standards), Matthew Carmichael (Chief of UO Police Department)

Some classroom topics may accentuate differences between students in ways that produce predictable disagreements. However, there are other situations when conflicts may occur without warning. In this session, we’ll discuss techniques for responding in the moment to inadvertently disturbing or even purposefully offensive incidents. Moreover, we’ll discuss proactively setting expectations for class climate.

These aspects of classroom management are important, perennial concerns for teachers—perhaps even more so now in a climate of heightened political tension and real vulnerabilities for some members of our community. This workshop brings individual teaching practices into a context of community engagement and standards (the director of the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards and the chief of the UO Police Department will serve as panelists along with members of TEP’s staff). How do we build a learning community inside and outside the classroom that is productive, respectful, and inclusive of all its members?