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Microaggressions Have No Place in School


Microaggressions Have No Place in School


"Microaggressions Have No Place in School:" This post from Teaching Tolerance reveals one teacher’s reflection in his journey toward creating an affirming and inclusive learning environment for all students. Self-awareness and reflective practice are key to recognizing microaggressions – those often unintentional “verbal, nonverbal, and environmental slights, snubs, or insults” that impact people based upon their group membership and have the effect of creating an uncomfortable, negative, or hostile environment. If our students are experiencing these – whether initiated by other students or staff – they will not benefit by an affirming and inclusive learning environment. These examples and online projects can help you and your staff reflect upon the extent to which your school environment is free of these unintended conditions for all students. Next up – Strategies for responding.