Beyond Tolerance: Updating Resources for a New Semester

1 Sep

On Student Names – a blog post by a UMinnesota student on the significance of learning names; and “How We Pronounce Student Names, and Why it Matters”” – in both the blog post or podcast version Jennifer Gonzalez addresses name-sayin’ – how and why it’s a big deal to get names right

Educating First Generation Students – from Communication Across Barriers. A core section addresses “A foundation for teaching First Generation Students.”

“Knowledge and Emotions in Cross-Racial Dialogues: Challenges and Opportunities for Adult Educators Committed to Racial Justice in Educational Settings” – this article is built around the need to understand and clarify the interactions between different types of racial narratives: stock stories, concealed stories, resistance stories, and emerging/ transforming stories. Article from the journal Adult Learning.

“Creating a Classroom Climate Contract “– a Facing History and Ourselves teaching-learning strategy for starting the semester by conducting open, reflective conversations with students to generate expectations and clarify responsibilities to foster inclusive classroom climates.

How to Foster Humanity as Teachers in the Wake of Charlottesville” – consider especially the section on Dynamic andEngaging Pedagogy: “teaching strategies that empower students to ask questions, make connections, challenge their assumptions and consider new perspectives, …[and] strategies for facilitating difficult conversations, guides for fostering civil discourse

The Backfire Effect – and how it operates in the presence of deeply held convictions.

On Making Decisions about whether or how to use Trigger Warning – two articles from Inside Higher Education that offer insights and strategies.

“10 Things Every White Teacher Should Know When Talking about Race” – Angela Watson’s podcast specifically addresses white teachers “because around 83% of teachers in the U.S. are white” and many are to understand ways of supporting conversations about race, whether in courses or in interpersonal interactions with students, colleagues, and community.

Southern Poverty Law Center’s “Speak Up: Responding to Everyday Bigotry” (2015).

When You ‘Don’t See Color,’ You’re Contributing to the Everyday Racism Around You”


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