Engaging Conflict Constructively in the Classroom

Date(s) - 03/06/2019
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Engelmann B73


Sarah Macdonald
Sarah MacDonald

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There are 16 spaces reserved, 4 are still available.

Open to UWM Faculty, Teaching Academic Staff, and Graduate Teaching Assistants

Facing conflict is often nerve-racking and difficult. Yet when handled well, conflict can be a catalyst for learning, growth, and positive change. When instructors have the confidence and skills to engage conflict constructively in their classes, then moments of conflict–especially those arising from differences in experience and perspective- can become fruitful learning opportunities for students.

In this workshop, we will explore different approaches to conflict, or conflict styles. We will also discuss practical strategies that can help instructors navigate difficult discussions and engage conflict constructively and proactively. Participants will have the opportunity to identify their own preferred conflict styles, their strengths and growing edges in relation to conflict, as well as some concrete ways they could employ constructive conflict engagement in their teaching.

Topics include:

  • Different styles in approaching conflict
  • Conflict transformation — perceiving conflict as opportunity
  • Conflict analysis — attending to underlying issues
  • Proactive strategies — preparing for challenging discussions
  • Reactive strategies — responding when conflict erupts

Please contact the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning to request accommodations or with any questions.


Registration is closed for this workshop.