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Start with Yourself: Reflection Prompts and Action Steps

As you prepare to welcome students back to school, use these reflection questions and action items to consider how your beliefs, values, biases, and politics influence your interactions with your students.
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  • English & Language Arts
  • History
  • Social Studies
  • Culture & Identity
  • Equity & Inclusion

This handout prompts educators to engage in self-reflection as preparation for the start of a school year. Reflect on your identity and how it impacts your lived experience so that you can be thoughtful about how your identity shapes your interactions with your students. 

The handout is part of our Back to School Toolkit, which also features a variety of back-to-school activity ideas and suggestions for establishing classroom routines.  

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