The rules in my classroom are posted, and the first rule is:
"Show respect for the basic human rights of each person in this room."
During the first week of school all classes read and discuss the
rules. The students figure out that this rule means "be nice". By
setting that tone immediately and calling the students on it if they
break it, I run into very little in the way of problems. Some of my
students are quite shocked when I tell them I do not tolerate racist
comments in my class, but, I usually only have to say that one time. I
am a minority teacher on an Indian Reservation.
Recently I recieved information on a program from the Southern
Poverty Law Center called "Teaching Tolerance". They have a webpage:
Kayenta Intermediate School
>What to do when a student calls you a racist name in class? I have
>already dealtwith this , but I'm looking for some opinions or advice, >for future reference. Please no "ivory tower" theories, just good >practical advice. I teach inner-city elementary.