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Creating A More Inclusive Classroom Community
September 25, 2020
Appreciation is a wonderful thing; it makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.

“Most educators can agree: there has been a significant increase in the number of students experiencing anxiety in the classroom, even in early childhood settings,” wrote Viji Sathy and Kumar Sathy, in an article that forms the basis for the newest Exchange Reflections, Inclusive Classrooms.” It’s understandable that as the adults in their lives deal with anxiety about the current state of the world, children will be affected as well.

The authors urge early childhood and primary educators to look for ways to celebrate all forms of diversity within classrooms – “race, ethnicity, gender, disability, socioeconomic background, ideology, even personally traits like introversion” – focusing on children’s strengths and helping them feel warmly embraced as part of the classroom community.

The authors urge educators to form a “compliment culture,” defining it as “a place where courageous compliments are intentionally crafted and cherished as an integral component of problem solving, valuing one another and honoring growth.”

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Francis Wardle · September 25, 2020
Denver, CO. , CO, United States

I think it's critically important that we recognize that much of the anxiety experienced by children in early childhood programs and elementary schools is a direct result of the push-down of academics and the focus on cognitive and academic skills in our state standards. We have to reverse these false directions, and insist on expectations and standards for young children that focus on social and emotional development, NOT on academics.

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