Microteaching: How to Handle "That" Student

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Microteaching: How to Handle “That” Student [Arts of Teaching]

Monday, December 3, 9:00am-12:00pm, Martin Marty Center Seminar Room

Microteaching is organized practice teaching in a supportive, low-risk environment. Participants teach a short lesson to a small group of peers and receive detailed feedback (including self-assessment based on video-recording) on their teaching strategy and performance. This Autumn’s microteaching workshop focuses on the ethics of dealing with problematic students. At some point in their careers, all educators are bound to encounter students who are hostile to their person or methods. This is doubly true in the field of religious studies, where students may come to the material with deep-seated theological convictions, and they may feel those convictions challenged or attacked by the professor over the course of the quarter or semester. In this workshop, participants will engage in a bit of role play. Led by Prof. Sarah Hammerschlag, up to ten students may RSVP, and we will ask for five volunteers to lecture for approximately ten minutes on an acadmic subject of his or her choosing. During that ten minute presentation, Prof. Hammerschlag will take on the role of problematic student and attempt to distract the lecturer. The lecturer will be tasked with handling that distraction in a constructive way. At the end of the presentation, we will brainstorm together different strategies for dealing with the distraction within our own classrooms.

Participation is strictly limited to Divinity PhD students, and advanced registration is required. If you are interested in being involved in this workshop, email the coordinators at as soon as possible to receive further information.

Coffee, tea, and breakfast items provided.

See our full Autumn 2018 lineup here