A Diversity Minute: Is there a right way to use pronouns in your classroom?

The brisk air reminds you that fall is upon us and students are entering your classroom. As you go about this term, one question that is difficult to answer is how to best use pronouns to promote an inclusive classroom

A common approach is to ask students to introduce themselves including their pronouns. Although this signals that you are being inclusive, have you considered how this makes gender non-conforming or those who are questioning their identity feel? Read this short, but insightful article from an educator who learned how her best intentions impacted those who she wanted to support.

Do you still have questions about pronouns and why they matter? Check out this video and/or read this article.

A Diversity Minute is posted on Chemeketa Connects on an ongoing basis and promotes short videos related to diversity, equity and inclusion. Do you want to recommend a video? Please email vivi.caleffi.prichard@chemeketa.edu.