Wednesday, June 7, 2017

What Would You Do Wednesday: Scenario 17

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!


It’s the last week of classes. Students are anxious about their grades. Projects are due. The final is next week. Not only are teachers becoming more demanding (in the eyes of the students), but for students who have jobs, it seems as though their bosses are also becoming more demanding, as well! Sometimes students do not organize their time well, and the end-of-the quarter creeps up on them without any warning. So there might be some tension in your class. Suppose a classroom discussion topic that you think will be “easy” to wrap up the last week of classes suddenly has a student getting frustrated, and the discussion becomes more heated than you’d like. The student begins criticizing other students and challenging you! How do you help to de-escalate this situation and transform this into a healthy debate instead of an argument?

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