Bias is a huge problem, not only with the students in your classroom but the staff in your building. I feel as if bias is a personal lens with which you see the world. It’s locked until you adjust it or refocus it. I presented a faculty meeting at my school and it was to open their eyes about how much bias is around us and to give them ways to avoid or stop the conversion from happening. My favorite technique out of the six is to just say “OUCH,” when someone offends you. During this part of my presentation, I handed out band aids with the word, “OUCH!” across it to help them remember to stand up for what they believe in and to not take bias lightly. Attached is a PowerPoint presentation and a picture of the things I handed out at the meeting. The quote says;
“Watch your thoughts, for they become words.
Watch your words, for they become actions.
Watch your actions, for they become habits.
Watch you habits, for they become character.
Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.”
Please remember to keep an open mind…
Book content from: Ouch! That Stereotype Hurts: Communicating Respectfully in a Diverse World by Leslie C. Aguilar