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Best Practices

Our Best Practices spotlight various timely topics in education. 

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Best Practices: Managing Difficult Conversations

There are times when we feel the high stakes of classroom discussions. Acknowledging this means a recognition that they are personal; they impact who we believe we are or want to be; they involve emotion and perhaps differences of opinion; and have larger implications for how students will eventually contribute to the world. We often imagine the classroom as a fictional, neutral space outside of our existence, separate from our opinions and emotions. The reality of a “difficult” classroom conversation can challenge this conventional view. It shows that studying and teaching are embodied experiences, and that difficult topics in the classroom will not always stay at a safe distance.

Read more in  (google doc) Managing Difficult Conversations (external link) 

Past Topics

Access an archive of all our past issues of Best Practices organized by topic below:

 (google doc) Active learning science (external link) 

 (google doc) Active learning (external link) 

 (google doc) Case method (external link) 

 (google doc) Classroom management (external link) 

 (google doc) Debate in the classroom (external link) 

 (google doc) Effective online communication (external link) 

 (google doc) Encouraging student reading (external link) 

 (google doc) Engaging adult learners (external link) 

 (google doc) Experiential learning (external link) 

 (google doc) Facilitating discussion (external link) 

 (google doc) Faculty student engagement (external link) 

 (google doc) First day of class  (external link) 

Flexible learning 

 (google doc) Flipped classroom (external link) 

 (google doc) Gamification (external link) 

 (google doc) Graduate student supervision (external link) 

 (google doc) Group work (external link) 

 (google doc) Guide to reflective writing (external link) 

 (google doc) Helping students learn (external link) 

 (google doc) Incorporating reflective writing (external link) 

 (google doc) Introduction online learning (external link) 

 (google doc) Making lectures engaging (external link) 

 (google doc) Making yourself heard (external link) 

 (google doc) Managing Difficult Conversations (external link) 

 (google doc) Mental wellbeing in the classroom (external link) 

 (google doc) Mixed age classrooms (external link) 

 (google doc) Planning a presentation (external link) 

 (google doc) Presentation skills (external link) 

 (google doc) Engaging Undergraduates with Primary Resources (external link) 

 (google doc) Problem-based learning (external link) 

 (google doc) Responding to student email  (external link) 

 (google doc) Supporting eal learners (external link) 

 (google doc) Teaching first years (external link) 

 (google doc) Teaching graduate students (external link) 

 (google doc) Teaching large classes (external link) 

 (google doc) Teaching with technology (external link) 

 (google doc) Team teaching  (external link) 

 (google doc) Technology-enhanced teaching suggestions (external link) 

 (google doc) Universal design for learning (external link) 

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