Creating an Inclusive Classroom

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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.

2 Comments on Creating an Inclusive Classroom

  1. 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”
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3762997/

    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).

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