Discussion Questions

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1. To what extent have you noticed a shift in how people in your life think and talk about diversity in sexuality and gender?  To what do you attribute this?

2. How can schools and teachers be more inclusive and supportive of LGBTQ students? What will you do in your classroom?

3. What would you do in an instance in which an LGBTQ student has a parent who is unaccepting of them?

4. In what ways does Cass’s Gay Identity Development Stages help you consider how you would support and talk about LGBTQ students? Cite the stage in your response.

5. What are the potential challenges of being a teacher who identifies as LGBTQ?  What are the potential strengths in supporting LGBTQ students?

6. To what extent have you noticed a shift in school policies and practices related to sexuality and gender? To what do you attribute this?

7. What is challenging for teachers about supporting LGBTQ students?

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1. Scenario Part 1:

You arrived at your classroom and the seating in the classroom is so close to the doorway that it is congested, the chairs are disorganized, newspapers are strewn around, and papers are on the floor. The normal furniture is not in the classroom. The window are uneven. It’s a cold winter morning and the windows are opened, making the room very cold. People in the classroom next door are having a loud role play exercise.  Your teacher arrives barely on time or a little late, looking clearly flustered and notices that the lectern is not there and that he needs to get one. He left the room and retrieve the lectern. He started a PowerPoint and apologized that it is the wrong one.  He also distributed a handout and there are clearly not enough copies for everyone.  Focus on the following point:

•   You arrive in the classroom 3 minutes early.  What would you do to bring order to the situation on you own? Why do you do it?

2. Scenario Part 2:

You arrived at your classroom and the seating in the classroom is so close to the doorway that it is congested, the chairs are disorganized, newspapers are strewn around, and papers are on the floor. The normal furniture is not in the classroom. The window are uneven. It’s a cold winter morning and the windows are opened, making the room very cold. People in the classroom next door are having a loud role play exercise.  Your teacher arrives barely on time or a little late, looking clearly flustered and notices that the lectern is not there and that he needs to get one. He left the room and retrieve the lectern. He started a PowerPoint and apologized that it is the wrong one.  He also distributed a handout and there are clearly not enough copies for everyone.  Focus on the following point:

Discuss the impact this scenario would have on the emotions of your students?