The increase in online, hybrid, and remote learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic has, in many ways, required all of us at UIS to think more about new tools and teaching strategies to reduce barriers and increase access for all our students, especially those who come from underrepresented or disadvantaged backgrounds. In our continual efforts to bring equity and justice to our students, and to help in their academic success, one potentially useful pedagogical strategy is called think aloud.

“Think aloud is a strategy that enhances student’s comprehension and intellectual growth by removing … barriers. By expressing one’s thoughts while reading, students develop their reading skills because they can acquire information from what they read, add to their knowledge, enlarge their way of thinking and reasoning to advance toward academic excellence. In addition, this strategy provides a better way to assess students’ learning.” Read more at Academic Impressions.

An illustration demonstrating the difference between status quo (don't acknowledge barriers; don't acknowledge inequitable access), equality (acknowledge the need for more resources; distribute the same to everyone), equity (distribute resources fairly to overcome barriers), and justice (remove the systemic barrier that led to inequitable access).

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