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5 Principles as Pathways to Inclusive Teaching

Updated: Nov 16, 2021

This article from Inside Higher Ed combines the expertise of Soulaymane Kachani, Catherine Ross, and Amanda Irvin to provide a non-exhaustive set of guidelines to help facilitate an inclusive classroom and teaching strategy. While an endeavor like this may seem like a daunting task, and it does require careful attention and intention, it does not mean a complete overhaul of your usual teaching strategies. The only thing that will change about your classroom is the level of comfort that all your students have in it, which is something that can only improve your teaching experience. Some of these principles you may already be engaging in, like creating a rapport with your students, or providing timely feedback; others, like understanding your own identity and how your students perceive it, may be a new practice for you. Understanding the biases we all hold based on our lived experiences is an essential part of cultivating a teaching environment in which all students feel prepared and safe to engage and be challenged. Not only will these principles help guide your students towards success, they will also help your own professional development and lead to more engaging teaching experiences. Read the full article here.

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