Classroom Decorations for Culturally Responsive Schools: Avoiding Bias and Micro Aggression


Many teachers try everything to make their students feel comfortable in their classrooms.  I would like to encourage all of you to consider the realities of all of your children.  In many ways, the decorations communicate bias.  Here are some examples.  I observed a sign that stated, “use a restaurant voice in class”.  However, most of the children in this class came from poverty backgrounds and had never been to a real restaurant.  Also, in many cases, the students’ families are not a safe and happy place. Therefore, asking children to behave in class as though it was a family may not evoke positive emotional responses. Below is one of such wall decorations. In summary, be mindful of your audience and try to avoid cultural bias or micro aggression.

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