ATW: Politics in the Classroom
The past several years have been a time of great political tension in the US. Our workshop will concentrate on the different ways in which politics finds its way into our classrooms. We will examine the kinds of conflicts that can erupt in the classroom space and the various strategies at the instructor’s disposal for coping with them. We hope to help instructors think through the options available to them (addressing a conflict head on, containing or mitigating it; addressing it in the classroom, in the moment, or after class), and the consequences of those choices for both classroom climate and the individual students involved. We will also help participants reflect on how they conceptualize their role in the classroom. Ultimately, we hope to brainstorm together concrete ways in which instructors can turn such situations into powerful teaching moments.