Creating an Inclusive Classroom
I’ve been asked by a friend to discuss ways of fostering inclusiveness in the classroom. A Stanford colleague of mine, Cynthia Lee, have posted a well thought and research-driven post on this topic (with a goal of promoting a more inclusive CS community) which is highly recommended. Lots of practical suggestions (not all apply in every class, but some may be applicable for you). One recommendation that I adapted in small enough classes is to ask all students to write name tags including gender pronouns.
This is a great topic! I highly recommend the following article, also based in science from “Life Sciences Education” (originally written for biology classrooms, but in my experience also very effective in CS classrooms) — I have implemented and forwarded it to many people and witnessed it to be super helpful:
“Structure Matters: Twenty-One Teaching Strategies to Promote Student Engagement and Cultivate Classroom Equity”
Even though things like “think pair share” seem silly, I’ve seen them skyrocket engagement at the advanced undergrad level (i.e. in a theory of computation class).
Thanks for sharing this article!!