Inclusive Teaching

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.