Wednesday, April 12, 2017

What Would You Do Wednesday: Scenario 9

Each week we will bring you a short scenario to address issues that you, your colleagues and students might face. How would you respond to these scenarios? Would you file a report, or do something different? Talk to your colleagues about these situations - the classroom should be a safe learning environment for students AND instructors!


What’s it like to be a bystander in a situation like this: You are an instructor and when you are getting lunch at the college cafĂ© you see a group of students and recognize several of them from a class last quarter. These are young women who were all pretty good students in your class, so you decide to ask if you can join them at their table so you can chat and catch up with them. They are delighted to see you – except for one student who seems to be absorbed in reading her text messages. You notice out of the corner of your eye that her phone seems to be blowing up with texts from someone, possibly her boyfriend, and she looks uncomfortable or upset by the texts. You whisper to her friend sitting next to you that you are concerned, but the friend tells you that they are always fighting. What should you do?

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