This page has a compilation of resources to accompany MVCC's use of Teachin' It! Breakout Moves that Breakdown Barriers for Students as a defining resource to help address equity issues and barriers to student success at MVCC. The author, Felicia Darling, provides an abundance of resources on her personal website as well.
Implicit bias is an unconscious application of our social construction and stereotypes
of groups of individuals. Our own implicit biases can have a great impact on our students
without any particular intention on our behalf. Many studies of meritocracy, the belief
that we should only be judged based on the merits of our work, show that we are not
very good at actually applying good judgment of merits without our implicit biases
getting the way (https://www.chronicle.com/interactives/20190911-meritocracy-forum,
Harvard Project Implicit: Project Implicit has a series of quick assessments for you to test some oof your potential implicit biases. Follow this link, https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/, and follow the "Social Interactions" path.
Here are some more resources to find out more about Implicit Bias in Education:
- Yes, You Have Implicit Biases, Too
- Yale: Awareness of Implicit Bias
- By the way -> Forget Implicit Bias, Let's Talk About Explicit Bias in Education
- I'm not a 'math person.'
- You can't do that.
- This is too hard.
We have all heard students and colleagues express frustrations like the above statements. These statements are all examples of having a fixed mindset. In reality, there is nothing innate that makes one person better at math than any other person. There is evidence, however, that our mindset (especially how our mindset is affected by our implicit and explicit biases) CAN affect a student's mindset towards math AND their performance! Here are some resources to help us work on changing our mindset and language when dealing with students to help them develop a growth mindset in our classrooms.
- Future Ed (Georgetown University): Teacher Mindsets: How Educators' Perspectives Shape Student Success
- Building a Growth Mindset for Teachers
- Teacher Mindset and Skills
- 10 TED Talks on Developing a Growth Mindset
Equity Issue Briefs from the Center for Community College Student Engagement