Each year college classrooms across the nation are becoming more diverse. However,
many students report feeling subtle forms of bias in the classroom. Although there
are no specific ways in which to respond to ethnic, gender, or cultural diversities,
there are some strategies that may be helpful. First, it is important to recognize
any stereotypes you as a teacher may support. Second, always remember to treat each
student as an individual. Third, do your best to be sensitive to terminology. Fourth,
get a sense of how your students feel about your class. Encourage them to come to
you if any part of the class makes them uncomfortable. Finally, discuss issues of
diversity with your colleagues. These discussions may present new ideas or make you
aware of issues that had not yet occurred in your classes (Davis, B.G. Tools for Teaching).
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Wlodkowski, R., & Ginsberg, M. (1995). Diversity & motivation: Culturally responsive teaching. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
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