I’ve been thinking a lot about what it means to be a respectful educator. I don’t mean respectful with our colleagues. I mean with our students. For me, this goes beyond how we speak and act with our students. It is much deeper. Being a respectful teacher also means we are positive, polite, and reflective in how we introduce material, assess, differentiate, and motivate.
Here’s my challenge for educators: how can we make these typical classroom practices more respectful?
- Giving out 30 problems or questions to assess
- Challenging higher students with additional work or giving additional work to lower students in the hopes they will improve
- One size fits all assessments
- Assessments that are in-authentic
- Keeping our schedule the same each day
- Using the same syllabus year after year for different students
- Using technology to do what paper and pencil can do
- Every student on the same application doing the same thing
- Closing our classroom off to our colleagues
- Teaching in silos
- Students interacting only within the walls of their classroom
- Teacher designed assessments
- Letter grades
- Textbook teaching
- Whole group instruction
I am wondering what your ideas are for shaking up these practices so they are more respectful.