Advanced Strategies

Manage Difficult Conversations

Conversations about human, social, and political differences can be difficult and may lead to tense moments in the classroom. Some amount of discomfort can command learning gains, but certain behaviors can close opportunities for learning and decrease students’ sense of belonging.

Educators can create environments that effectively stretch student thinking while respectfully embracing diversity. The strategies listed below may increase the likelihood of an inclusive climate. They are not exhaustive nor appropriate for all educators or all courses. They are meant to be considered, modified, and evaluated.