Who We Are

On this page, you will find a variety of activities that create and help manage productive discomfort in the classroom. The Center for Teaching and Advising Productive Discomfort cohort is a group of faculty and staff who work together to create a classroom environment that is safe for everyone and …

Trigger Warnings

On April 6, 2018, the Productive Discomfort cohort discussed trigger warnings. Below are some notes from that session: A limited background on trigger warnings: A trigger warning lets students know in advance about content that may be considered upsetting such as violent or sexual situations.  The purpose of a trigger …

Automated Responses

Sometimes it can be difficult to get students to pay attention to what is really happening. We have all be guilty of …

Simple Diversity Exercises

Simple exercises can help students understand the breadth of diversity. Many times, when we say “diversity,” students think we are only talking …

A Group Exercise

Exercise about how the group works together to know things: Fill a box with 28-36 items and give students three seconds each …

Setting Up

When seeking to create a classroom environment that will be safe for the discussion of difficult topics, it is important to spend …

Campus Resources

Center for Teaching and Advising Jeff Dodd, Director Email: dodd@gonzaga.edu Phone: 3682 Unity Multicultural Education Maria Isabel Morales, Ph.D. Program Coordinator, Student …

Universal Design

…faculty who embrace the universal design paradigm proactively design courses to address a student body that is increasingly diverse with respect to …

Scenarios

The members of the Productive Discomfort cohort often bring stories of inappropriate classroom scenarios to the cohort meetings. The group then discusses …

Silence

Instructors often find that students do not want to engage in classroom discussion. The Productive Discomfort Cohort has brainstormed ways to get …

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