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Social Justice Key Terminology and Personal Identity Part 1 - Social Justice Key Terminology Term Definition School or Classroom Setting Description Social Justice Social justice is the act of both being aware of and respecting other beliefs and cultural/personal differences. It is also important in relation to attaining equality and disrupting the behaviors which threaten it. Social justice can be found in the classroom through equal opportunity for all students. A reference to “fair does not always mean equal” can be addressed in this manner. Being sure each student has what they need to access curriculum and classroom engagement regardless of circumstance. Providing equally materials, support, respect, and care. Culture “The customs, arts, social institutions, and achievements of a particular social group” (Merriam- Webster, n.d.). Culture can arise in many different instances within the classroom. Through carefully planned instruction that gives students the opportunity to share their personal culture through writing and group assignments, and also through the culture created within the classroom of acceptance and inclusion of all students. Identity “One’s beliefs, quality, lifestyle, sexual orientation, race, and personal background” (Merriam- Webster, n.d.). Identity is perfused throughout the school environment. It can be seen in clothing choices, elective selection, favorite subjects, peer choices, and even through artwork. Bias (including implicit bias) “Results from the tendency to process information based on unconscious associations and feelings, even when these are contrary to one’s conscious or declared beliefs” (Merriam- Bias can be seen in the school or classroom environment in both peer settings and instructor settings. For example, an educator may place

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