Inclusive Teaching Good and Better Practices
- Use Real World examples in class
- Research shows that providing real world context helps motivate and engage all students.
- Learn your students’ names and respect them as individuals
- Learning about your students helps them feel like you care about their success.
- Use group-work in class to help students engage with each other
- Working in groups creates built in study groups.
- Welcome all students with a warm and jovial atmosphere
- Talk about the realities of student life
- Use examples from multiple perspectives/disciplines/cultural contexts
- Shake things up! Try to use examples from all around the world and different disciplines that highlight the same content.
- Embrace students’ individual identities by not reducing them to be a representative for their race/gender/culture/disability
- Randomize groups and switch them up throughout the semester
- Avoid putting all students of a minority into one group OR a “token” person in each group, and give all students a chance to meet people different from them.
- Choose jokes and references that make sense to all students
- English idioms may be difficult for non-native speakers.
- We are UW, with many lifestyles, needs, and experiences. Try to consider all walks of life when discussing students in general
- Not all UW Madison students attend football games or drink alcohol.