What does it mean to have Equitable education?

Being a teacher today means understanding that students all learn in such unique ways, but how do we approach that without making 30 different  lesson plans? In this guide, we work to show you can support equitable education for all.

1. Ask the Same Question Twice

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Understanding the question being asked is not the same as knowing the answer. When it comes to reports, quizzes, or even tests, it can be beneficial to ask students the same question but allowing them to answer it with different formats. When you provide both formats, instruct students to answer the one that they prefer. This option is especially great for STEM subjects.

When you log into your Scoutlier teacher account, you can click the “Create Assignment” button on the left menu. Save your time by duplicating the question, and then simply switch the format of the question.

2. Type it out.

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Videos and podcasts can be a great supplement in education. They allow students to learn from experts in the field and understand new avenues for empowering their own learning.When adding auditory elements to your lesson plans, have transcriptions available.

Some students may have trouble hearing the lecture or may simply absorb the information better. Having a transcript or captions readily available allows students the opportunity to learn without adding too much to your plate. Many times, podcasts and YouTube videos will provide that option automatically.

3. Make it Hands-On!

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By providing students with a real-world problem, you allow them to work creatively with each other and use their strengths together.  By applying their learning in real-time, it has been proven through multiple studies that not only will they be able to apply their learning longer, the trends also show higher scores on standardized testing. 

Integrating hands-on learning may seem difficult to implement with your existing lesson plans. If this is the case, explore the Community Library once you log into your Scoutlier account. We upload hundreds of lessons each year made by teacher experts both in and out of our company. If you think of a lesson that would be beneficial for your classroom that we don’t have ready yet, feel free to reach out to us at outreach@aecern.com .

4. Always Be Willing to Listen

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Overall, you know your classroom best. Implementing strategies to make your classroom more accessible will make your students feel heard and more confident about their performance in the classroom. Listen to your students’ needs, even if they may not know exactly how to express them. 

Do you have any tips and tricks to help other teachers make their classroom more equitable? Share it with us today! Reach out to us on our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or email. We want to help teachers across the country bring the fun back to teaching, and there’s no better way than including more students in the conversation.

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