In general, our writing classes are discussion classes, and students are expected to participate in active class exchanges. Sometimes, faculty may feel frustrated if discussions are slow to get started, or if students don’t speak up. This page compiles selected strategies for effectively facilitating class participation from all students. Scaffolding up front in order to build class rapport and establish clear guidelines is crucial; many of the suggestions below are for activities that can be done early in the semester. At the same time, flexibility may be necessary if certain texts or topics become unexpected points of contention.

Guide to Inclusive Teaching in Writing Classrooms