MCRC@ADVIS DEI Conference: 10/11/19
The Danger of Assigning Motive to Student Behavior
Intermediate: Assumes some familiarity with or exposure to core content
Building Capacity: Skills, Competencies, & Processes for Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
Session repeats - Round 1 & 2
Andrea Emmons, Lower School Director, Abington Friends School
When students struggle, we often assign motive to understand, interpret and deal with their behavior. Labeling the impetus for student behavior sometimes results in stereotyping of students and families, impeding opportunities for growth. As educators we must be flexible, practical and reflective when supporting students academically, socially and emotionally. How do we refrain from passing judgment and allow ourselves and our students room to grow? How do we adapt our teaching styles to ensure student success without compromising expectations? In this workshop we will examine case studies and use strategies of inquiry and reflection to contemplate fostering student support. We will examine how classroom experiences are communicated and the impact of that communication on students, families and colleagues. We will reflect on teaching and administrative styles and how we can expand our perspective to ensure we refrain from assigning motive and remain open to understanding and growth.
This workshop helps educators to examine the impact of labeling student behavior and how implicit bias, often inherent in assigning motive, is detrimental to learning.
Learn to approach student behavior with an inquiry-based mindset. Begin to identify the danger of implicit bias in labeling student behavior. Identify strategies for viewing student behavior more objectively. Improve communication around student behavior.
is a Lower School Director with more than 20 years of classroom and administrative experience who has participated in a range of diversity initiatives including: S.E.E.D., Whites Confronting Racism, and the Penn Summit on Talking about Race in K-12 Classrooms. She founded a committee dedicated to examining diversity in pedagogy and school community and serves on the all-school Diversity Council and the administrative White Anti-Racist working group at Abington Friends School.
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