Recently, the topic of don’t judge a book by it’s cover seems to be very topical.
Everywhere we turn in today’s world we are judging how much people have and who they are friends with. This is especially true in schools when the latest phone or trend comes out. Sometimes students can feel very judged and often feel misheard as well by their fellow peers.
Thus I feel it’s important to mention in class that each students voice and reaction is important and should be expressed in the classroom.
One good example is one class were asked recently to bring in music and songs close to them. There was a huge variety of music chosen and shared within the class. However, one student in particular was reluctant to share for fear her peers would ridicule her due to her taste of music. As teachers we have to embrace all differences in the class and encourage students to be comfortable within the classroom environment.
Top ways to create a safe space in a classroom:
- Display students work in the classroom
- Admit when you don’t know something (within reason)
- Read with your students
- Follow through with Consequences
- Smile often
- Open the door at the end of class
- Music feeds the soul