Guidelines for having dangerous convos

Guidelines for having dangerous convos - Be aware that...

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Guidelines for having “dangerous” conversations: Treat others how you want to be treated Don’t use specific names Don’t stereotype Respect others Speak openly Stop and think before speaking Be real, have courage Listen Don’t be condescending Others might surprise you, but they might have valid points People who you wouldn’t expect to say something could make you see things in a different light Your teacher might be open minded, but you still need to be appropriate with what you say Consider the audience and speaker when using controversial words (example about the “n” word) You must have deeper rather than surface conversations Don’t insult other students or their perspective Respect even those who have different morals or values Nothing bad can happen from joining a conversation, so speak up. You can learn a lot by interacting in conversations and debates—this knowledge you can keep for the rest of your life. Do not interrupt others Watch out for tangents that don’t go anywhere—stay on track
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Unformatted text preview: Be aware that everyone has different beliefs and backgrounds Body language & the choice of language used can be just as important as the message itself Don’t single anyone out Consider whether or not 1 group feels singled out or left out How can everyone have a say so no one feels left out Would you be willing to discuss these topics outside of class? Keep your voice from shouting Consider what language might offend someone Use “I think” or “It seems” or “It makes me feel as though” Use breaks in the discussion to remain calm Let the teacher intervene if necessary Nothing is off limits—just be gentle when necessary If you’re not comfortable talking about something, speak up Everyone can speak, but not everyone has the same beliefs so you don’t have to make everyone believe what you believe Hand raising No hand raising Have these conversations because it evokes real feeling and are important Ask questions Share your experience...
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This note was uploaded on 05/16/2011 for the course LIT 337 taught by Professor Jackson during the Winter '10 term at Grand Valley State.

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