But is this even possible—or desirable? Small-scale activities can also be effective in reducing the power of stereotypes. Teach This in a Learning Plan.
If you are short on time, do it quickly and then come back for a deeper dive later. Have Conversations About Negative Stereotypes Even when stereotypes do not emerge from the students, they are found everywhere in literature, curricular materials and current-events articles. When we ignore differences, even in the absence of overt negative stereotypes, implicit bias is still at play—and there is another detrimental force that can flourish under the surface: One biker told the students that he played Barbies with his grandchild.
In another activity, Dissolving Stereotypes , students wrote stereotypes that have hurt them on a slip of rice paper, put them into a pool of water and watched them disappear. Even when stereotypes do not emerge from the students, they are found everywhere in literature, curricular materials and current-events articles.
Most teachers want to be fair to each student. Here are some suggestions from the director of Not In Our School. Recognize that Breaking Down Stereotypes Liberates Us All Breaking down stereotypes through dialogue and activities sends a clear message that negative stereotypes do not define us or our communities. Do it respectfully; your goal is to raise awareness, not to humiliate the person who used the stereotype.
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Researchers have found, for example, that awareness of the negative stereotype that black and Latino students are less intelligent than white and Asian students can actually negatively affect performance levels in black and Latino students. It is important that we take time to reflect and ask ourselves difficult questions. In one study, black and white students were given the same test. A middle school in San Francisco asked each student to write about how they do not fit a certain stereotype on a strip of paper.
As a running assignment, ask students to point out stereotypes they find in books or movies and discuss them as a class. X Add to an Existing Learning Plan. One group was told to write their name and ethnicity on the top of the page.
Countering stereotype threat requires going a step further and embracing our unique identities and differences as assets to us. As soon as you hear a negative stereotype in your classroom, name it.
April 7, 2015. In another study, black students were broken into two groups and given a test. Similar results occurred in studies when women were asked to identify their sex on math tests and senior citizens were asked to identify their age on memory tests.