Reduce stress to improve learning

Inclusive Teaching Tip | Fall 2020

An important element of inclusive and culturally-relevant teaching practices is acknowledging that students have diverse experiences outside of the classroom that shape who they are and how they learn. For many of our students this year, stress and uncertainty will impact their ability to focus and learn.  In a recent edition of the Chronicle’s weekly newsletter, Teaching, Beth McMurtrie, and Beckie Supiano offer useful advice for reducing student stress, including three strategies you can employ in your teaching. 

  • Emphasize deadlines and expectations.
  • Tell students how they’re doing.
  • Intervene early when you think students might be in trouble. 

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Bonus Tip8 Ways to Be More Inclusive in Your Zoom Teaching
This recent Chronicle piece by Kelly A. Hogan and Viji Sathy offers practical strategies for making your zoom sessions more inclusive of diverse learners.


The Inclusive Teaching Tips are a series of simple, equitable teaching practices published in the Learning and Teaching Commons Newsletter. The tips are archived here.

For many, many more inclusive teaching resources and to add your own, visit ALL LEARNERS WELCOME: Resources for Designing Inclusive Learning Experiences.

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