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Students are more likely to (1) feel respected for who they are, (2) develop a positive self-concept, (3) build their confidence, (4) engage in the learning process, and (5) feel safe to share their feelings.
"Creating a Welcoming Environment: The Impact on Racial Minority Students' Perceptions of their Learning Experience" by Monique LeBlanc and Thalia M. Mulvihill (2016)
"Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Welcoming Classroom" by Alex Kumi-Yeboah and Victoria G. Scott (2019)
"Creating a Culturally Responsive and Inclusive Classroom Environment: Perceptions of Elementary School Teachers" by Marquita S. Blades, Nicole L. Cobb, and Gregory L. DeSilet (2019).
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Create context with natural phenomena at the beginning of each lesson to establish an immediate connection to the content being introduced.
Self-affirming “happy thoughts” are a powerful way to build a positive mind and provide students with the tools they need to be successful emotionally, socially, and academically. A short activity is used to help demonstrate and explain the concept and is reinforced throughout the lesson.