Ground Rules for Group Discussion

Our theme for English 102 is “Race and Class.”  Here are some ground rules for respectful discussion.  We will talk through these in class today (and maybe add to them or edit them.)

-We listen carefully, without interrupting

-We agree as a group to be respectful of each other’s feelings, and to be respectful of all cultures, races, sexual orientations, gender identities, religions, class backgrounds, abilities, and perspectives when speaking.

-When we disagree, we criticize ideas, not the individual who expresses them.

-Our focus in class is to learn, not to debate.

-We use language carefully. We recognize that our choice of words is important, and that certain words are offensive or hurtful to members of the group.

-“Step up and step back”: If we usually don’t talk much, we will challenge ourselves to speak more. If we find ourselves talking more than others, we will speak less.