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Indiana University Bloomington

General rules to follow

  • Learn every student's name and the name he/she prefers to be called and use the names
  • Ask about your students' interests and experiences so you can know them as individuals rather than merely members of the group
  • Ask about your students' interests and experiences early on in the course
  • Encourage students to respond to each others' questions and comments, not just your own, to foster a sense of community
  • Don't make assumptions about students based on what you perceive as their minority experiences and needs
  • Try to anticipate issues of sexuality, religion, or other values for students as you give assignments and lead discussions
  • Provide guidelines for group discussions so as to create an environment where students will feel safe voicing their opinions
  • Don't ignore or single out students and never ask a student to act as a spokesperson for his/her group
  • Combine volunteering and calling on students by beginning a discussion topic by asking for volunteers and then calling on other students to support, add to, or modify that student's comments
  • Monitor students' comments to avoid any personal attacks
  • Introduce controversial topics in impersonal ways
  • Give students explicit information about how you will grade their work