Listening, Improv, & Fostering Digital Literacy: Discussion in the Post-Election Classroom

[Note: Sources listed/linked at the end] Last week I was asked to cover a class for a colleague. It was the first class meeting after the election and I was anxious but hopeful about opening up a discussion that would allow all students to voice their opinions and reactions in a calm and respectful way and in doing so,… Read More Listening, Improv, & Fostering Digital Literacy: Discussion in the Post-Election Classroom

How do I promote inclusivity? How do I promote bipartisanship?

On November 15th we hosted a CTL Conversation, in which faculty came together to discuss the topic of challenging discussions in light of the divisive election. A concern of many faculty was making the diverse voices of the Baruch community be heard. Professor Glenn Petersen from the Department of Sociology writes: “At Baruch, we pride… Read More How do I promote inclusivity? How do I promote bipartisanship?

Academic Freedom

We’ve been approached by some faculty concerned about issues surrounding academic freedom. Here are some resources: Baruch’s Faculty Senate has a Committee on Academic Freedom and Responsibility: http://www.baruch.cuny.edu/facultysenate/academic-freedom.htm. Here is the PSC-CUNY union’s write-up on academic freedom: http://www.psc-cuny.org/rights/academic-freedom followed by a guide published by CUNY: http://www1.cuny.edu/mu/vc_la/2012/01/02/a-guide-to-academic-freedom/. Other writing on academic freedom suggests that it depends on… Read More Academic Freedom

Challenging Discussions – Ideas for different activities, lessons, and readings

We asked faculty to share their approaches and suggestions. We hope to add to our list here, so if you have any of your own suggestions and thoughts, please post in the comments or email us at ctl@baruch.cuny.edu! If you would like assistance with figuring out how you might adapt these ideas into your course,… Read More Challenging Discussions – Ideas for different activities, lessons, and readings

Preparing for Challenging Discussions

When preparing for a challenging discussion it’s helpful to think about two issues: Encouraging a productive classroom environment Structuring the discourse A Productive Classroom Environment One of the first steps to foster a classroom environment that promotes respect, learning and listening is to establish some discussion “ground rules”. Kieran Morrow, Esq., Baruch’s Chief Diversity Officer/Title… Read More Preparing for Challenging Discussions

“What do we do now?”: Teaching after the Election

[This is a developing post, and will be continually updated with additional resources] How do we process the election results in our classrooms? As a school with a diverse student population, including many international and first-generation U.S. American students, members of your classes might be feeling afraid, angry, or sad about the results. Other students… Read More “What do we do now?”: Teaching after the Election