Let's Talk Facilitation

Let's Talk Facilitation

Hosted by: Laura Greenfield, Ph.D.

"Let's Talk Facilitation," hosted by Laura Greenfield, Ph.D., provides practical solutions to everyday challenges in the college classroom. With a particular focus on early-career college educators, introverts, and...

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Ep 19 - Skip the Small Talk and Silly Games: My Top Five Strategies for Building Real Community in Class

In today's episode of Let's Talk Facilitation, I share with you my top five strategies for building real community in class. In last week’s episode, I talked about the importance of students experiencing belonging as...
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Ep 18 - Students Aren't Even Showing Up! The Single Most Powerful Factor Affecting Your Ability to Address Lower-Than-Usual Student Engagement During the Pandemic

If you are like most college educators in the U.S. who have been teaching during the pandemic, you're experiencing a very particular challenge when it comes to teaching your classes: Students aren’t showing up! The...
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Ep 17 - My Favorite Strategy for Saving Tons of Time on Class Prep, and Leading Better Discussions to Boot!

In today's episode I talk about the unsustainable amounts of work and inadequate compensation weighing down many college educators, resulting in burn out and a mass exodus of faculty leaving academia across the U.S. I...
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Ep 16 - Enough with the Empty Screens! How to Increase Participation and "Read the Room" Over Zoom

When the Covid19 pandemic hit, were you among the majority of college educators who had to make an abrupt switch to teaching online? Despite how many educators began teaching through Zoom and other online meeting...
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Ep 15 - Why Some Students Are Hesitant to Share Their Ideas In Class, And How You Can Support Them To Speak Up

Of all the challenges teachers say they struggle with, trying to facilitate a discussion when students aren’t engaging–or aren’t engaging meaningfully–seems to come up the most often. One of the most common reasons...
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Ep 14 - Three Mistakes Overly Talkative Facilitators Make that Shut Down Conversation, and How to Step Back and Let Go a Bit

Whether you are outgoing, shy, or “it’s complicated,” when we find something we are excited about and in the mood to talk about and we get into the zone… any one of us can go on and on and on! There is nothing more...
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Ep 13 - How to Get Students to Do the Reading So They Can Actually Participate Well in Class Discussion

What do you do when you’ve worked hard to get everything ready for your class to have an amazing discussion–picking out interesting readings, creating provocative discussion prompts, making a plan for leading...
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Ep 12 - How to Keep a Discussion on Track: Five Simple Tools to Stop a Talkative Student from Derailing the Group

Picture it: You’re teaching a discussion-based class. It could be anything–a first year seminar, an intermediate tutorial for majors, a capstone group–whatever. You’ve got a certain amount of material to cover and...
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Ep 11 - How to Respond Effectively to Students During Difficult Discussions: Five Tips for When You Feel Overwhelmed

Even experienced educators who consider themselves decent discussion facilitators can get stressed out during difficult discussions, and are always looking for ways to improve their skills. In today’s episode, I focus...
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Ep 10 - How to Engage Students Who Are Resistant to Critical Pedagogy: My Go-To Strategies for Discussions with Students Who Don’t Want to Change the World Like You Do

What do you do when you’re passionate about teaching for justice, but your students are just not there for it? If you’ve ever wrestled with how to bridge the gap between your radical ambitions and your students’ more...
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Ep 9 - The #1 Mistake Facilitators Make When Students Want to Debate about Injustice, and What to Do Instead

Most big-hearted educators I know recognize that as vital and rewarding as social justice work can be, it can also be difficult, messy, and intimidating. One of the reasons facilitators may experience stress in...
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Ep 8 - How to Make Discussions Inclusive, For Real (Part 2): Three Foundational Strategies for Taking Concrete Action

What would it mean to facilitate a transformative, socially just experience for your students, rather than simply paying lip service to the “inclusion” buzzword? Many educators are full of conviction about wanting to...
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