We have a lot of LGBTQIA students in our classroom, and that adds up to a lot of LGBT content in our short stories. As we try to keep all our discussions focused on the work on the page, we see a lot of moral judgments often drawn. But, when straight presenting students read LGBT stories they are often less critical overall. The professor micro-managed a story discussion before it even happened (regarding a story with a “they/them” identifying narrator) by approaching a particularly chatty student who often derails the discussion (not in a negative light just off focus) before the class and asking them to not raise their hand (its usually every second) and that he would choose moments to call on them today. The professor told me this after class and I realized how smoothly the discussion went. Lesson of foresight in class content and management has now been learned.
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