THUNDERBOLTS LGBT 8th Episode
POSITIVE THOUGHTS LGBT came up with its 8th Episode of THUNDERBOLTS, on 04th July, 21 @ 6:00 PM IST through ZOOM as well as showcased on “FACEBOOK LIVE” on the official page of “POSITIVE THOUGHTS”.
Members joined from different parts of the world namely India, USA, Brunei Darussalam, Albania, Philippines, Indonesia, Bangladesh, UAE, Croatia.
Positive Thoughts Family is a global community from PAN India and almost 40 different countries, on a mission to learn, connect, share, and bridge the gap between Brands/Organizations/Nations and work on the Mission of Empowerment for” STRESS-FREE EDUCATION & LIFE.”
This Elite Executive community is for all the like-minded Positive People from all across the globe who want to share, Inspire, and help each other grow their successes together by empowering one another.
For the Eighth Episode of Thunderbolts, Ms. Indu Punj- Founder, Stories Matter, Counsellor & Teacher Trainer & Mr. Yogesh Raichandani – Founder, I&Y Guidance & Counselling Services, EET online, NLP Practitioner & Blogger was invited by Positive Thoughts to deliver their experiences on a paramount and vital topic, “How to create LGBT inclusive classroom??”. Ms. Poonam Upadhyay has moderated the session. She is a Holistic Health & Diet Mentor, Founder, Tathastu Holistic Health, Co-Founder, Sampoorna Naari
Ms. Poonam Upadhyay started the session of Thunderbolts by introducing Dr. Gaurav Sharma, the Founder & CEO of Positive Thoughts and sailed through his journey of finding his purpose in life and building a community of like-minded people filled with motivation and satisfaction.
She invited Ms. Indu Punj and Mr. Yogesh Raichandani to enlighten the audience on the advanced understanding of the “How to create LGBT inclusive classroom??”
Ms. Indu Punj is the founder of Stories Matter, an education consultant and a teacher trainer with over two decades of teaching experience. In her career spanning of twenty-one years, she have dealt with huge classrooms in a CBSE school as well as the vastly different requirements of an IGCSE-affiliated classroom; displaying a varied range of duty-handling and execution capacity.
What is Inclusive Learning?
Inclusive learning is the result of effective teaching practice, an adapted learning environment and teaching approaches which ensure that all children are included, engaged and supported. Inclusive learning recognizes all student’s entitlement to a learning experience that respects diversity, enables participation, removes barriers and anticipates and considers a variety of learning needs and preferences.
The aim of inclusive learning is to move beyond simply focusing on ‘access’, to understanding ways of increasing active participation and engagement in learning. Achieving the optimum level of participation of all girls and boys, and introducing gender-sensitive and learner-centred approaches to suit diverse learning styles, has implications for the way schools are organized, such as: curriculum change; teaching, learning and assessment adjustments; and a shift in emphasis of school leadership. Inclusive learning moves beyond providing individuals with support to fundamental changes being made to the way teaching and learning is organized.
Why discuss LGBT?
- Two in five LGBT pupils are never taught anything about LGBT matters in school or college
- Three in four LGBT pupils have never learnt about or discussed bisexuality in school
- Three in four LGBT pupils have never been taught about or discussed gender identity and what trans means
This negatively impacts upon all pupils. When LGBT people and their experiences aren’t discussed at school, it gives the impression that LGBT people don’t exist, or that these issues shouldn’t be discussed at school. It prevents pupils from understanding and celebrating difference.
How to create LGBT Inclusive classroom?
- Ask students for pronouns and their chosen name on the first day of class, and use those identifiers throughout the semester.
- Integrate LGBTQIA+ topics throughout classroom content — you can find more ways than you think!
- Create comfortable classroom climate
- Make asking questions/showing of ignorance ok and use them as teachable moments, not as moments of embarrassment or shame
- Rather than avoiding LGBTQ+ topics for fear of saying the wrong thing, acknowledge misstatements, commit to educating yourself and address student misconceptions/discomforts the following
- Recognize that all students benefit from understanding the life challenges of persons who are LGBTQIA+
- Be proactive in demonstrating values around inclusivity
- Don’t make assumptions about the identities of the students in your classroom.
- Include your pronouns on your syllabus, your nametag, your door tag, your email signature, etc.
- Be careful not to “misgender” students. Misgendering could include not only using the wrong pronouns, but utilizing only binary language like “you guys,” sir, ma’am, policeman, fireman, and others. (Instead, use language such as “you all,” folks, everyone, police officer, firefighter, etc.)
- Know where the nearest inclusive restroom is on campus, and recognize that if it is in a different building, some students may need to take longer traveling to the restroom they feel comfortable using. If possible, request a classroom closer to an inclusive restroom.
- Visually show your support. On your walls include a poster about diverse families and people, or other images that show you are an ally to LGBT people and issues. You can also use our Honor & Respect posters which are commonly used by teachers and counselors to make a statement against hate.
- Include topics about diversity in your curriculum
- Educate yourself. Learn more about LGBTQ people, families, and issues.
At last, Dr. Supriya Kumaravelan gave the vote of thanks to Ms. Indu Punj & Mr. Yogesh Raichandani for giving their precious time on Thunderbolts and shared their insights on this crucial topic – How to create LGBT Inclusive classroom?. She also virtually facilitated the Trainer Ms. Indu Punj & Mr. Yogesh Raichandani by the certificate followed by to the Moderator, Ms. Poonam Upadhyay.