Equity Vs. Equality

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In your own words, how would you define Equity Vs. Equality? And how can we as future teachers incorporate equity in our classroom with our students? For my second article on Passion-Based Learning I chose; Equity Vs. Equality: 6 Steps Toward Equity by, Shane Safir. As teachers we need to “recognize students as unique individuals and give access to the resources they need to learn and thrive,” estates Safir.

According to Safir’s article, “equality means giving everyone the same resources, equity means giving each student access to the resources they need to learn and thrive.” While keeping in mind these definitions, we must commit to our students success and we must  also remember that each child is different, and this is where the 6 steps toward equity come in place in a classroom setting.

https://prezi.com/embed/sbwooyaajrya/?bgcolor=ffffff&lock_to_path=0&autoplay=0&autohide_ctrls=0&landing_data=bHVZZmNaNDBIWnNjdEVENDRhZDFNZGNIUE1iNklPWitpTW82a09CZEliQ0FkNkdPN2c0dlhJOE14OU11MHdVUmUyQT0&landing_sign=U9qAeDHk3S6zwL4Xvzx83jLJSh74pO49j4bdZh8Lei4” target=”_blank”>Equity slideshow By Dana Novinson

As future teachers, we will encounter situations with students who come from different backgrounds such as: ESL students, “students with special needs, children experiencing trauma or relentless poverty, and students of color who confront unconscious biases about their capacity.”  Having a knowledge of equity, will help us future teachers to help students, while creating an inclusive classroom to learn better.

The next 6 steps, according to Safir’s article, will help discuss how we as future teachers can incorporate equity in the classroom.

1- Know every child

As teachers we must learn to know our students individually. The more we know about them, it will help us build trust and differentiate instruction. We must keep in mind that every child learns different and we must never compare one student with another.

2- Become a warm demander

As teachers we must commit to every child’s success while encouraging students to do their best, while meeting and exceeding expectations. We must build positive relationships with our students in order for them to understand our intentions; their success.

3- Practice lean-in assessment

While students work on projects in class, it’s helpful for us teachers to take notes and observe how each individual student learns best. What they struggle with? In which areas they have strength? In which areas they need help? How do they learn best?

4- Flex your routines

“Remember that one-size lessons do not fit all,” says Safir. As teachers we must, “be willing to flex or set aside your well-laid plans, to individualize instruction.”

5- Make it safe to fail

No one is perfect, we all make mistakes. We must reasure students that making mistakes is okay. It’s an experience from which we  can learn. “In an equitable classroom, there is no need to hide, because struggle and failure are neutralized, normalized, and even celebrated,” says Safir.

6- View culture as a resource

As future teachers we must learn to value every child’s culture. Getting to know each child individually will help us to build stronger relationships with them. It’s our responsibility to embrace culture and get to know each student.

Self determination plays a big role in equity. It’s how we define and view the world in our own image with the tools we are provided.

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