A Check List for a Well Supplied and Equitable Classroom
(Preface: It is well known that Socrates never wrote a book. His student, Plato, broke ranks to write his idealistic vision, The Republic. Beware of the moderator who would answer a question.)
Problem: You are an instructor who desires to maintain an equitable classroom. One problem among many is that of asking students to bring extraordinary supplies to class. This might include supplementary books, publisher software, or whatever you find missing in the supply closet. Is there a way to ask students to bring supplies to class that is fair and equitable?
Answer: Follow this ten-point checklist to make your class a well-supplied and equitable classroom
- Insofar as it is possible choose and request supplies that confirm to the ideal of universal design learning (UDL) standards. http://www.udlcenter.org/
- Assume and act upon the premise that your class provides the only opportunity for students to have equal internet access.
- Insofar as it is possible reduce or eliminate the need for extraordinary supplies by making use of open-source resources.
- Wherever possible provide extraordinary resources such as handouts, off-prints, and electronic resources you have the rights to offer.
- Ask and answer: Is the resource necessary?
- Encourage students to work collaboratively to promote an equitable environment.
- Adopt a cost-efficient and environmentally friendly method for obtaining print or purchase resources. This may include convenient resource rentals and shareware.
- Find Web 2.0 tools to make resources available such as e-reader apps or Google Drive sharable documents.
- Understand that you may be accountable for creating an equitable learning environment, and you cannot be held accountable for overcoming all learning disparities.
- Empower learners to help the instructor and fellow classmates maintain an equitable learning environment, and have fun.