Category: Inclusive Teaching & Learning

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The Many Meanings of Silence in the Classroom

March 6, 2017 | Gillian Parrish

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In our extroverted culture, it can helpful for us to remember that our students’ silence in the classroom means different things at different times. In “Silence in Teaching and Learning: Perspectives of a Nepalese Graduate Student,” Krishna Bista, Professor of Education, University of Louisiana, provides insight on “patterns of silence” in the classroom. Informed by […]

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Learning About Confucian Heritage Learners

January 25, 2017 | Gillian Parrish

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Teaching inclusively entails learning about how our students learn. In this article from New Directions for Teaching and Learning, “Learning the Confucian Way,” author Tieyuan Guo provides insight into learning approaches among students from the “Confucian heritage cultures” (CHC) of East Asia and Southeast Asia. The author provides an overview of learning motivations among CHC learners and […]

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Transparency in Assignments

January 11, 2017 | Gillian Parrish

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Transparency in teaching is currently a topic of conversation in higher ed, as this learner-centered approach increases student engagement, confidence, and success. This Chronicle article, “The Unwritten Rules of College,” provides history on the idea and practice of helping students learn how to learn by making the 1) task, 2) purpose, and 3) the criteria of assignments explicit. For more […]

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9.22.2010--Freshman FOCUS class, "Women in Science" team taught by Prof. Regina Frey (striped shirt) & Prof. Barbara Baumgartner. Photos by Joe Angeles

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Guidelines for Debate-Time Discussions

October 3, 2016 | Beth Fisher

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The excitement surrounding the upcoming presidential debate at Washington University makes this week a great time to foster opportunities–both within and outside the classroom–to develop a deeper understanding of different perspectives on a wide range of issues that are being discussed by voters and by the candidates. As you engage your students in these conversations in the classroom, […]

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Tips for Encouraging Participation by all Students

September 14, 2016 | Beth Fisher

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A recent post by Maha Bali and Steve Greenlaw on the Chronicle of Higher Education’s ProfHacker blog provides “Tips for Inclusive Teaching,” with an emphasis on encouraging participation by all students. Please also see The Teaching Center’s Strategies for Fostering Inclusion in the Classroom and related resources.

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Supporting Transgender and Gender-Nonconforming Students

September 14, 2016 | Shawn Nordell

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Creating an inclusive learning environment not only helps your students learn but also enhances our greater learning community. The following provide helpful guidance and insights into what it means to create an inclusive environment for transgender and gender-nonconforming students. In a recent Faculty Focus post, Sherry Zane, PhD, provides some terrific guidance on how to […]

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“The Landlord’s Game” Teaches a New Generation About Inequality

July 18, 2016 | Gillian Parrish

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As part of the Modern Segregation program initiative in American Culture Studies, Michelle Repice (lecturer in American Culture Studies and Assistant Director in The Teaching Center) teaches a popular course, “Home, Bittersweet Home,” which provides a multi-disciplinary lens on the history of home ownership in America. The course uses a case-study approach that is designed […]

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9.22.2010--Freshman FOCUS class, "Women in Science" team taught by Prof. Regina Frey (striped shirt) & Prof. Barbara Baumgartner. Photos by Joe Angeles

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Creating Brave Classrooms for Courageous Conversations

July 8, 2016 | Shawn Nordell

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In a recent Teaching Professor post, Nicki Monahan discusses the importance of continuing to create “brave classrooms” where students and faculty have the opportunity to construct a shared understanding through their diverse experiences and perspectives. Using Ground Rules is a critical foundation for creating “brave classrooms.”

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Faculty members from across Washington University in St. Louis gathered for IDEA FIT, Inclusion and Diversity to Engage All from the Faculty Institute on Teaching, part of The Teaching Center, at Siegle Hall on the Danforth Campus in St. Louis Wednesday, May 25, 2016. Priscilla Song (right) of Anthropolgy talks during the session Designing Inclusive Materials and Assignments. Photo by Sid Hastings / WUSTL Photos

IDEA FIT 2016: Inaugural Faculty Institute on Facilitating Inclusion in the Classroom

July 1, 2016 | Beth Fisher

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Seventeen Washington University faculty from the Schools of Arts & Sciences and Medicine participated in The Teaching Center’s first Faculty Institute on Teaching (FIT) focused on inclusion in the classroom: Inclusion and Diversity to Engage All, or IDEA FIT. The institute, which took place May 25-26, 2016, drew participants from the Departments of Anthropology, Biology, […]

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