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Workshop #1: Building a Welcoming Classroom Space
Transcript of Workshop #1: Building a Welcoming Classroom Space
Has anything surprised you?
Reactions/comments/questions? On a piece of paper, please write about what you have experienced thus far during the session: Activity: Minute Paper Activity: Small Group Discussion In your groups, discuss the barriers presented. How could you work around these barriers in your classroom? Ideas?
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Williams, D.A., J.B. Berger, and S.A. McClendon. 2005. “Toward a Model of Inclusive Excellence and Change in Postsecondary Institutions.” Making Excellence Inclusive Series. Association of American Colleges and Universities. Available at: http://www.diversityweb.org/Digest/W99/research.html http://www.campuspride.org/ http://www.aacu.org/inclusive_excellence/documents/williams_et_al.pdf http://cshe.berkeley.edu/publications/docs/ROPS.Chatman.Exploring.3.5.08.pdf http://www.thetaskforce.org/downloads/reports/reports/CampusClimate.pdf Cognitive active thinking skills intellectual engagement effective written & oral communication skills group problem-solving abilities knowledge required for a global workforce Chatman 2008, Gurin et al. 2002, Smith 1997, Smith et al. 1997, Tanaka 1996 What can we do? Kristen Renn Intersections of Identity, Teaching, and Learning: LGBT Issues and Student Success 2010 POD Conference http://www.podnetwork.org/ Associate Professor
Higher, Adult, & Lifelong Education
Michigan State University http://sites.google.com/site/podnetwork/pod-2010-conference/presentations-1/renn Link to presentation slides: Strategies to transform climate, culture, teaching and learning related to LGBT issues and identities language ability race I'm afraid I'm tired I hesitate Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence race class ethnicity gender national origin sexual orientation physical ability first language learning ability Ground Rules Objectives Identify new strategies to make your classroom more welcoming and inclusive. Identify the benefits and characteristics of a welcoming and inclusive classroom. Address common barriers to creating a welcoming classroom space. Target aspects of your current teaching practice that would benefit from a more inclusive approach. 1. 2. 3. 4. What are the characteristics of an inclusive classroom? Pointers Know your students Know your resources 1. 2. 3. Know yourself background identity hopes fears Ask them. difficulties Pre-course questionnaire Minute-papers Mid-semester feedback Journals PSU Fact Book names Penn State Learning C.A.P.S. Ed. Equity Affirmative Action LGBTA Resource Center Center for Women Students Disability Services Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence background identity Discipline-specific classroom observation assumptions 4. Continue the conversation course content Difficult Dialogues:
Facilitating inclusive classroom discussion Making Excellence Inclusive in STEM Classes #2: #3: Dealing with Controversy in the Classroom accessibility Q&A Open Discussion Be practical. (Incremental changes are okay) learning style Active Minds Office of Global Programs 2/16 11:30-2:30, 129 Waring 3/19 2:30-4:30, 315 Rider 4/2 2:30-4/30, 315 Rider