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September 14, 2016

Facilitating challenging conversations in and out of the classroom workshop Sept. 16

Submitted by Cathie Lavis

Instructors and/or advisors have all experienced the challenge of discussing uncomfortable topics or conversations with students about grades or why they missed class, sometimes we handle these interactions well and other times, not so much. Because of the nature of some of these conversations, Faculty Exchange for Teaching Excellence is hosting its annual fall workshop offering models to approach such conversations with confidence and inclusiveness.

The first half of the two-hour workshop will focus on difficult one-on-one conversations. Participants will discuss how to handle conversations based upon dramatizations presented by graduate drama therapy students.

Scott Jones, student life; Camilla Roberts, honor and integrity; and Jay Middleton, Counseling Services, will be available to answer questions that may arise during this exercise.

During the second half, four K-State faculty will share their methods for introducing, guiding, and otherwise handling difficult conversations in a class. 

To register, visit K-State's Teaching and Learning Center website


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