NEW TITLE: How to build an equitable learning community in your science classroom

Posted on June 04, 2018

All significant learning involves sustained social processes focused on shared sensemaking, reflection, and the refinement of practice. In science classrooms, we therefore need to create equitable learning communities in the classroom where students feel they belong so they are willing to deeply share their thinking and safely work out their ideas with the feedback and insights of others. This is hard work to orchestrate as a teacher. It depends on developing meaningful relationships in the classroom, recognizing diverse expertise, debunking problematic stereotypes, promoting a culture of collaboration, and more. This new STEM Teaching Tool includes a range of practical approaches for cultivating an equitable culture in the classroom. It is especially useful early in the school year, but the activities can be used throughout.