Let’s Talk about Religion as an ism!

Nilmini Ratwatte-HenstridgeBlog, Connect Better, Innovate Better, Lead Better

TL;DR: Individuals all have their own religious or faith-based practices they bring into the classroom. Take the time to learn about all the different beliefs and holidays. Reevaluate the options you are giving to students and staff. Make everyone feel welcome. I was taught by my father, my Thathi who said never ever to discuss this topic since it’s political. … Read More

Equity & Inclusion: Diving Deep Into Understanding Classism

Nilmini Ratwatte-HenstridgeBlog, Differentiate Better, Lead Better, Lesson Plan Better

TL;DR: Create opportunities to “level the playing field” for your students. Address classism; it benefits everyone by us doing so. Educators hold the key to making a difference when it comes to addressing classism. Deep Diving Into Understanding Classism: Equity & Inclusion Out of all the blogs I have ever yet written, this topic holds the closest spot to my … Read More

That Perfect Cup of Tea: Feminism for Today’s Generation!

Nilmini Ratwatte-HenstridgeBlog, Connect Better, Reflect Better

TL;DR: Things to consider when teaching about feminism is an important reflection point. Lesson ideas to inspire inquiry questions. Consider the importance of male support in the feminist movement. Equity and Inclusion Reflection Questions: Why has the world continued to function without gender equality? What discussion points would you be comfortable bringing up in your classroom to consider making a … Read More

Implicit Bias

Nilmini Ratwatte-HenstridgeBlog, Connect Better, Lesson Plan Better

TL;DR: Implicit bias is when people hold ideas about groups of people without consciously realizing it. Directly teach students about bias so that they can identify it and stop it when they see it. “Equity and Inclusion Just Got Better” Blog Reflection Questions: Why is it important to consider implicit bias? How do you plan on addressing implicit bias when … Read More

Teaching VALUES in Our Classrooms!

Nilmini Ratwatte-HenstridgeBlog, Connect Better

TL;DR: All languages have value! We can collaborate with others across the world. Value humanity and spread kindness. “Equity and Inclusion Just Got Better” Blog Reflection Questions: Why is it important to consider teaching about a global perspective when teaching values? How can you adapt my media lesson plan and make it your own? What courageous conversations are you going … Read More