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Removing Labels, Grades K-12

Removing Labels, Grades K-12
40 Techniques to Disrupt Negative Expectations About Students and Schools

April 2021 | 184 pages | Corwin
Disrupting the cycle starts with you.

No matter how conscientious we are, we carry implicit bias…which quickly turns into assumptions and then labels. Labels define our interactions with and expectations of students. Labels contribute to student identity and agency. And labels can have a negative effect beyond the classroom.

It’s crucial, then, that teachers remove labels and focus on students’ strengths – but this takes real work at an individual, classroom, and schoolwide scale. 

Removing Labels urges you to take an active approach toward disrupting the negative effects of labels and assumptions that interfere with student learning. This book offers:

40 practical, replicable teaching techniques – all based in research and best practice -- that focus on building relationships, restructuring classroom engagement and management, and understanding the power of social and emotional learning 
Suggestions for actions on an individual, classroom, and schoolwide level
Ready-to-go tools and student-facing printables to use in planning and instruction

Removing Labels is more than a collection of teaching strategies—it’s a commitment to providing truly responsive education that serves all children. When you and your colleagues take action to prevent negative labels from taking hold, the whole community benefits.
Foreword by Marcia Tate
Section 1: Individual Approaches
Technique #1: Learning Names the Right Way

Technique #2: Interest Surveys

Technique #3: Banking Time

Technique #4: 2 x 10 Conversations

Technique #5: Affective Statements

Technique #6: Impromptu Conferences

Technique #7: Empathetic Feedback

Technique #8: Reconnecting After an Absence

Technique #9: Labeling Emotions

Technique #10: Solving Problems: Do the Next Right Thing

Section 2: Classroom Approaches
Setting the Stage

Technique #11: Welcoming Environment

Technique #12: Class Meetings

Technique #13: Classroom Sociograms

Technique #14: Mask Activity

Technique #15: Asset Mapping

Grouping to Foster Learning

Technique #16: Grouping to Foster Peer Partnerships

Technique #17: 5 Different Peer Partnerships

Technique #18: Student Self-Assessment of Collaboration

Technique #19: Equitable Grouping Strategies

Instructional Practices

Technique #20: Gradual Release of Responsibility Instructional Framework

Technique #21: Teaching With Relevance in Mind

Technique #22: Jigsaw

Technique #23: Accountable Talk

Responding to Behavior

Technique #24: Making Decisions

Technique #25: Alternatives to Public Humiliation

Technique #26: When Young Children Label Others -- Crumple Doll

Technique #27: When Older Children Label Others -- Insults and Epithets

Technique #28: Trauma-Sensitive Classroom Design

Section 3: School Approaches
A Student-Centered Learning Climate

Technique #29: Dot Inventory

Technique #30: Culturally Sustaining Pedagogies

Technique #31: Schoolwide Inclusive Practices

Technique #32: Student Empowerment

The Professional Capacity of Staff

Technique #33: Collective Responsibility

Technique #34: Understanding Implicit Bias

Technique #35: Racial Autobiography

Ties to Families and Communities

Technique #36: Social Capital

Technique #37: The Front Desk

Technique #38: Community Ambassadors

School Leadership

Technique #39: Master Schedule

Technique #40: Distributed Leadership


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ISBN: 9781544398174