Student Wellbeing

Facilitating classroom conversations about controversial events

This page provides pedagogical tools and resources for addressing charged, controversial, and/or political issues while remaining sensitive to the range of opinions, emotional reactions, and potential for student harm.

How Are Our Students Doing, Really?

One of our biggest concerns in 7.012, a large introductory biology course, was helping our students connect with one another and with the teaching staff during the remote semester. With 500 students enrolled, it felt daunting to be tasked with checking in on all of our students regularly, especially when they were tuning in from all over the globe.