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Talking in Class: Facilitating Authentic Classroom Conversations in Any Discipline
For anyone who ever went to elementary or secondary school, “talking in class” has a negative connotation. It’s the kind of thing some of us used to get in trouble for. But for many university instructors, getting students to talk in class—to engage in authentic conversations about topics pertinent to their disciplines—is the holy grail of teaching. Authentic classroom conversations not only reflect and inspire student engagement, but they can also support the social creation of knowledge, spur critical thinking, expose students to alternative perspectives, and promote democratic ideals. That’s when they work. Too often they don’t, and instructors are left to fall back on that age-old standard: talking themselves (aka “lecturing”).
In this workshop, we will explore the meaning and attributes of “authentic discussion”; experience a variety of strategies for engaging students in authentic discussions; explore possible pitfalls of authentic discussions and practice ways to avoid or capitalize on them; and wrestle with the “assessment question” (or questions).
Come prepared to talk! A stipend is available for eligible participants. Registration is required.