Microaggressions and Implicit Bias in the Classroom

Imagine the following scenario: you have a class that meets three times a week. As a dedicated instructor, you arrive at the classroom early to set things up and make conversation with your students before the class officially starts. One day early in the semester, a male student walks in the door right before class is supposed to begin. As he walks by the female student sitting near the entrance, he reaches down and flicks her on the ear. She shoots him an annoyed look, but he continues on to the back row and sits down. The next class session, you observe the same thing-right before class is supposed to begin, the male student strolls in and flicks the ear of the same female student before making his way to the back row. This time, she looks over her shoulder and shoots him a look that clearly implies, “stop doing that.” But the routine continues, day after day. Male student walks in, flicks female student’s ear, sneers, and goes to sit down. Continue reading “Microaggressions and Implicit Bias in the Classroom”