- Build up knowledge in order to "improve our sensitivity to the occurrence of the teaching occasion"
- Develop a "classroom community" that allows for productive responses
- Develop responses for both reactive and proactive situations
- Personally commit to maintaining a "democratic, inclusive school"
- Know the kids - social issues, surroundings
- Basic knowledge of world events - be prepared to answer tough questions
- Use Diversity Director as resource
- Advisories - provide a safe atmosphere to discuss
- Addressing it - quick is good, but know the answer and don't be afraid to bring in help
- Strategize for confronting issues arising outside classroom but seeping into it
- Take time to determine real issue - meanness vs. in/exclusion
- Pose issues back as questions - restate the issue
- Set ground rules for the classroom
- Extrapolate an ethical question from each lesson to build trust in discussion
First, make sure all responses are age appropriate. a reaction to a 5th grade is going to be different than a reaction to an 8th grader.
- Restate the statement as a question
- Code words to let them know you don't like it
- Conversation about acceptable situations
- Advisory time to expand definition of diversity
- Come back to Code word and discuss what caused it to prevent a reoccurence
- Rules in classroom cover a large amount of the things that come up
- Give them the tools to maintain beliefs and opinions, while still providing content on quiz/paper/etc.
- Find a list of famous people for particular situations: various religions, learning disabilities, diversity, etc.
- Role play and case studies
- Guest speakers
MODELING A DEMOCRATIC, INCLUSIVE COMMUNITY
- Important to be human: we make mistakes and own up; acknowledge it - students want fairness and justice
- Put yourself out there, share personal experiences
- Bring it to students to talk and listen to their ideas - validate their insightfulness
- Model respect and team building