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Classroom Strategies

These techniques were originally shared in Start Talking: A Handbook for Engaging Difficult Dialogues in the Classroom. Page numbers are provided if you would like to read the pedagogical context and faculty reflections on the use of the techniques with their students. The complete handbook as well as individual chapters are available for download at the bottom of this page.

Basic Self Defense, 23
Circle of Objects, vi
Class Research Project, 92
Classroom Debate, 146
Cocktail Party, 57
Code of Conduct, 12
Critical Incident Questionnaire, 33
Encircled Circle, 84
Film, 165
Five Ways to Look at It, 50
Five Minute Rule, 109
Hatful of Quotes, 104
Identity Groups, 80
Modular Debate, 243
Panel Discussion and Dialogue, 140
Questions and Categories, 42
Quick Writing, 28
Radio Program Justice Talking Format, 64
Reflective Writing (Journals), 237
Reframing the Discussion, 154
Role Playing, 124
Shared Writing, 199
Silence, 26
Situationally Appropriate Response, 24
Student/Faculty Forum, 183
Tales from the Trenches, 2
Talking Circle, 228
Using a Book to Explore Cultural Difference, 86
Using a Book to Explore Religion and Politics, 126

Start Talking: A Handbook for Engaging Difficult Dialogues in Higher Education

Complete Handbook (pdf)

Start Talking: A Handbook for Engaging Difficult Dialogues in the Classroom

Individual Chapters (pdf)


Chapter 1: Ground Rules, 1-35

Chapter 2: Rhetoric, Debate, 37-76

Chapter 3: Race, Class, Culture, 77-122

Chapter 4: Science, Religion, 123-160

Chapter 5: Business, Politics, 161-210

Chapter 6: Outcomes, 211-240

Chapter 7: Keep Talking, 241-247