Inclusive teaching refers to the strategies we can use in the classroom to address the needs of students with a variety of abilities, backgrounds and learning preferences. In an inclusive environment, all students feel valued, regardless of their ethnicity, age, ability, identity or family background.
Because we as faculty are also diverse, we may inadvertently use teaching strategies or language that make some students feel excluded. By simply recognizing our own biases and adjusting our teaching accordingly, we can create a climate where all students feel welcome and can succeed.
For example, learning students’ names, getting to know current popular culture and grading assignments without names are some strategies that faculty can use to ensure all students have the opportunity for success.
Teaching and Learning Services has developed a Creating an Inclusive Classroom guide for UTSA faculty exploring these inclusive teaching strategies.
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