Vol. 2 | No. 13 | By Tyler Hudson, UNT Music Ed. Student '23
When considering classroom culture, it is important to also consider the students we address daily, as we strive for inclusion within our community. As listed below, there are many areas of growth to create safe spaces for students. By getting rid of “preferred” alongside name/pronoun fields, we remove the apparent “option” that is implied to disrespect someone’s identity or chosen name. Furthermore, by only collecting and sharing info that is directly pertinent to a specific task (ex. legal name for school attendance or a student’s autism for accommodations), we create a classroom that encourages and celebrates each individual’s humanity by recognizing their individuality first. Below, you will find a handy chart to provide some pointers in the path to cultivating inclusivity in within your own classroom:
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