Classroom Climate Workshop

Classroom Climate Workshop

The Associate Instructor Workshop on Classroom Climate invites new AIs to think about their role as instructors, orients graduate student instructors to compliance with Federal laws and IU policies regarding classroom inclusion and equity, and provides eight concurrent workshops addressing inclusive and equitable teaching practices.

The Classroom Climate workshop satisfies the requirement by the Bloomington Faculty Council policy that all new associate instructors receive training in enhanced understanding of cultural diversity (1990).

This event is a capstone to a day of teaching fundamentals for new graduate student instructors.

Associate Instructor Workshop on Classroom Climate

August 16 and 18, 2016

4:00 p.m.- 4:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Orientation to teaching inclusively at IU
GA 0001
This session will introduce what teaching inclusively means to the IU community of students, faculty, and staff. We also will discuss Federal laws and university policies that govern instructional responsibilities.
Katherine Kearns, CITL


4:00 p.m.- 4:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Playing the Part: Becoming Comfortable with our Instructor Role
GA 0003, 1100-1134
Associate Instructors will learn how to: use their voices, bodies, and space intentionally; understand the importance of being flexible with the unknown; and develop empathy, listening skills, and trust-building.
Silja Weber (Germanic Studies), Juliane Wuensch (Germanic Studies), Eric Zobel (Communication and Culture)


5:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m.
The Tip of the Iceberg
GA 0003
We’ll provide you with tools to understand how culture plays a role in the creation of observable and non-observable aspects that may influence classroom and academic behavior and decision-making. This will be achieved by utilizing educational theory and practical examples and case studies to provide coping techniques and bases for inquiry.
Domonic Potorti (Office of International Services)


Classrooms as microcosms of power and privilege
GA 1100
We will deconstruct the architecture of traditional classrooms and explore different ways that Associate Instructors can create equitable and inclusive classroom spaces. This includes being able to recognize those invisible aspects of power and privilege that are just as much a part of our classrooms as the plaster, paint and furniture.
Leslie Drane (Anthropology), Lewis Bradford (Communication and Culture), Elizabeth Watts (Anthropology)


The classroom as a performative space
GA 1106
An active exploration of small, improvisation-based techniques, participation options, and perspectives that can contribute to building empathy and inclusive space in the classroom.
Silja Weber (Germanic Studies), Juliane Wuensch (Germanic Studies), Eric Zobel (Communication and Culture)


Authority and freedom in the classroom: finding the balance
GA 1112
Participants will learn about different perspectives on theoretical and practical issues surrounding the forms, sources, and practices of authority and freedom in the classroom. We will discuss different strategies to establish balance between authority and freedom in a way that fosters transformation in the classroom climate.
Tufan Kiymaz (Philosophy)


Grading for inclusion: Supporting students and maintaining rigor
GA 1118
This workshop will include conversations and activities that explore the principles and pitfalls of grading for inclusion. We discuss some of the common values and biases that can be in play when assessing students from various backgrounds, and participants will leave with a grab-bag of strategies for grading diverse groups.
Laura Clapper (English), Kristen Hengtgen (Educational Leadership and Policy Studies)


You as the subject of your teaching
GA 1122
We will focus specifically on the theoretical and practical implications of dealing with one’s identity in the classroom, offering philosophical conversation on the potential advantages and pitfalls of “coming out” and strategies for conscientious, open, and ethical engagement with students.
Lindsey Breitwieser (Gender Studies), Alyssa Bossenger (Communication and Culture, Gender Studies)


Brave space, not safe space: teaching controversial topics in the college classroom
GA 1128
This workshop confronts the dynamics of what makes a topic 'controversial,' and equips participants with the confidence and pedagogical strategies needed to foster brave space in the classroom and transform controversial discussions into productive learning moments.
Krystal Cleary (Gender Studies), Shadia Siliman (Gender Studies)


Why won’t they talk?: Getting ALL your students involved through group activities
GA 1134
This workshop offers practical strategies for implementing group activities that foster learner engagement and inclusion. All Associate Instructors will participate in hands-on, experiential team work that can be adapted for their own courses.
Suriati Abas (Literacy, Culture and Language Education), Rong (Lotus) Wang (Higher Education and Student Affairs)