Teaching

Tip #1 from the Syllabus Challenge

Update your terminology and phrasing. Some of you may be familiar with a pedagogical tool I began developing back in 2017. This living document continues to evolve four years later and will continue to evolve. In fact, I edited it this morning. The Syllabus Challenge provides critically reflective questions and practical ideas for inclusive teaching in action. …

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Anti-Racist Pedagogy Part 3: Teaching Silence and Culture vs. Critiquing Systems

What harm are we doing? Because my life allows for wonderful things, I recently read bell hooks’ Teaching to Transgress for the third time. Although published in 1994, the wisdom in her work still rings true. Her timeless observations about liberatory critical pedagogies highlighted that little has shifted. As I was reading, one passage inspired …

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Anti-Racist Pedagogy Part 2: Inclusive does not equal anti-racist

We all want to be “inclusive. Nothing wrong with that. You may have picked up on the trend that diversity focuses on recruitment and maybe representation, but that we need to move deeper for inclusion. Same goes for inclusion being a wonderful shift in education, but we need a more critical approach to power and …

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Anti-Racist Pedagogy Part 1: Do we even know what anti-racist pedagogy means?

As I mentioned in previous posts and my recent workshops, academic use of the phrase “anti-racist pedagogy” (ARP) has sky rocketed since George Floyd’s death. Summer 2020 brought a wave of white academics calling for curricular transformation, many in response to student demands, to infuse anti-racism. And yet, if I asked 50 people what they …

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Educators are People, Too: Reflecting on Social Location in the Classroom

If we truly strive to be allies in the classroom, we must face our own intersectional social location AND how this impacts our approaches to teaching as well as the learning context for our students. How many of us think of our courses as intersectional? Yet, are we truly living up to the theory of …

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