Dr. Lainey Sevillano discusses how a students’ sense of belonging in their academic environment can positively impact their psychosocial and educational outcomes.
In this video from Education Summit ’23, Dr. Lainey Sevillano highlights strategies for creating a supportive and inclusive classroom environment. The speaker emphasizes the importance of personalized accommodations for students with special needs, fostering mutual accountability between faculty and students, and rethinking traditional education paradigms. Techniques discussed in the video include creating community guidelines, acknowledging employees’ humanity, incorporating feedback, and using caring pedagogical techniques to build student confidence and communication skills.
Key Points from the Video
🔵 Bringing professionalism, competency, and caring pedagogical practices to the classroom can help students develop the skills they need to succeed, both in the classroom and in the workplace.
🔵 Pedagogical caring involves consideration, concern, and commitment to students, and this approach can be used as a tool to design courses and manage classroom dynamics.
🔵 Intentionality and proactivity are required to foster mutual accountability between faculty and students. Some ways to do this include creating community guidelines, developing mutual respect through the syllabus, and being flexible in incorporating student feedback.
🔵 Rethinking the traditional paradigm of education is required. It is valuable to create conditions that allow students to grow and develop the skills necessary to advocate for themselves in a variety of different settings.
🔵 Establishing a line of communication proactively can help reduce the need for pushing back on deadlines.
🔵 Accountability is important when creating a sense of belonging in the classroom. Educators must continuously evaluate and reassess the classroom environment through proactive strategies like asking for pronouns and creating community guidelines.
🔵 Incorporating pedagogical caring into the classroom, through proactivity, flexibility, and accountability, can help students feel supported and valued. Educators can write down their commitments and share them with others as a way to practice accountability and visualize their dedication to creating an inclusive classroom environment.