What is one thing you do to make your classroom a safe space for all students?

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I work really hard to learn how to pronounce my students’ names. I know they see me struggle and not give up, even when they give me the anglicized version to use. I also always call my students by their preferred name, regardless of gender or ethnicity. Some request the anglicized version when I use the Spanish pronunciation.

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Knowing and calling students by their name, even if it’s a challenge for you, shows respect for the student and by extension their culture. This is an important ACTION toward providing a culturally, linguistically relevant educational experience to your students.

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I do a check in:
How are you doing today on a scale of 1-10 and why? What was a rose and a thorn for the week?

They only tell me (unless they want to tell the class) and I do answer and tell them my response to the question.

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