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Though worthwhile, it can be challenging to teach topics that involve an emotional reaction or invite strong disagreements. Even courses that don’t intend to discuss charged topics may find themselves doing so. This workshop will discuss best practices for handling these difficult conversations, whether spontaneous or planned. You will review several concrete strategies, talk through some case studies, and reflect on which approaches may work best for you. This workshop is at the intermediate level, which means that you may benefit from having some basic knowledge already.


This workshop is part of the Evidence-Based Teaching Strategies series for GW instructors seeking strategies to increase student engagement and communicate with learners in new ways. Workshops in this series are sponsored by the Instructional Core. The Instructional Core provides comprehensive, integrated solutions for instructors in search of teaching solutions. If you need feedback on assignment or syllabus design, advice on teaching methods, or ideas for new activities, consider booking a consultation with the Instructional Core.

All sessions are free to GW students, faculty, staff, and alumni. GW has an institutional commitment to ensuring that all of our programs and events are accessible for all individuals. If you require any accommodations to participate in this event, please contact libraryevents@gwu.edu at least 72 business hours (3 business days) prior to the event.

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