Diversity in classrooms can open student’s minds to all the world has to offer. At times diversity and understanding of culture, deviant experiences and perspectives can be difficult to fulfill, but with appropriate strategies and resources, it can lead students gaining a high level of respect for those unlike them, preferably than a judgmental and prejudiced view. Diversity has broad ranges of spectrums. Students from all across the continent; students from political refugees, indigenous Americans, and immigrants bring their culture and linguistic skills to American classrooms. Students do not only bring their cultures and linguistic skills, but they bring their ethnics, talents, and skills. In addition, their age and gender are two other spectrums that are part of diversity. As the years go by, diversity becomes a controversial topic. The more students that are accepted into American schools from different countries, the more diverse and rich classrooms become. The advantages of diversity in classrooms promote positive images for United States of America in terms of the status quo, and it promotes rich experiences for students and teachers. In terms of status quo, diversity in classrooms challenges America’s status quo. It challenges America’s status quo by breaking the standards of American classroom traditions. Back in the days, the typical American classroom were taught by white women and white men, filled with white students. They all came from the same background, culture and economic status. There is no wrong in having people of the same culture, and race come together in one classroom, but students and teachers do not gain as much opportunities or rich experiences as they would if they were surrounded by diverse stude... ... middle of paper ... ...ibrarians. Several teachers do not know how to receive the support them need. Diversity in classrooms is both positive and negative. However, if teachers are provided with the right resources and keep a open mind, their students can become successful civil human beings. Works Cited Rodriguez, Ginger. (1998) Critical Issue: Meeting the Diverse Needs of Young Children. http://www.ncrel.org/sdrs/areas/issues/students/earlycld/ea400.htm Jensen, Amy. (2010). “The Advantages of Diversity in a Classroom”. http://www.ehow.com/list_7633499_advantages-diversity-classroom.html Shore, Marietta Saravia. (2011). “Diverse Teaching Strategies for Diverse Learners” Chapter 2. Educating Everybody's Children: Diverse Teaching Strategies for Diverse Learners. http://www.ascd.org/publications/books/107003/chapters/Diverse-Teaching-Strategies-for-Diverse-Learners.aspx
...Teaching acceptance and diversity of different ethnicity is one of the key components that can be taught in our school systems today. Here in America we have many different ethnic groups and races, we are one big melting pot. During school these differences should be embraced in a positive manner and a proper learning experience. Diversity is often mistaken for the word division, and sometimes people teach that diversity is division. Diversity should be taught in a way that brings people together, not divide people into groups. Like Konig said, “I hadn’t really given much thought to the ethnic and national backgrounds of Sarah’s classmates. I can guarantee that Sarah, being two and a half gave the subject absolutely no thought.” (51) We can take a few lessons from Konigs daughter and learn to not give the subject any thought, and just accept people for who they are.
Diversity is an important concept for students to learn about because our world is growing into a more diverse planet every day. This is an opportunity for students to realize that we are all different, no matter our race, culture, or even social class. First, I introduce the book The Crayon Box that Talked by Shane DeRolf. Teachers should then ask students to predict what the story may be about. After reading the story, ask the students what they learned from it. Encourage students to focus on being different from others, learning to accept others, and that we all have unique abilities and qualities. Then, ask each student to say one positive ability or quality about themselves. Re-read the last few lines of the book, “We are a box of crayons, each one of us unique. But when we get together, the picture is complete” (DeRolf,
As an educator one must understand that the children you will be teaching will all come from different backgrounds, different ethnicities, different homes with different values. No one student will be the same, and no one student will learn the same. The role of a modern educator is to harness this idea of diversity and channel it into a positive learning atmosphere for children of all backgrounds. “I define culturally responsive teaching as using the cultural knowledge, prior experiences, frames of reference, and performance styles of ethnically diverse students to make learning encounters more relevant to and effective for them” (Gay, 2013, p.50.). The hope for all teachers is to capture the minds of their children, as educators we must learn how our students learn, adapt to their skill set and channel our curriculum to their strength.
Although, some people don’t see the benefits of a diverse school. Having a diverse school isn’t a concern of most people. Diverse schools aren’t prioritized because of the belief of lots of work being involved and that diverse schools take away things from other students. With anything, work has to be done to achieve the goal. Just like a lot of things do go into having a diverse school. Acclaimed author Eileen Kugler, summarizes the complexity of diverse schools. “A diverse student body doesn’t immediately translate into a positive educational experience.” (1) Just having many students of different races, ethnicities, background, ect, doesn’t mean the school is successful. Achieving a truly diverse school requires effort. Diverse schools are made up of more components than just having a variety of students. Such as, diverse schools also require faculty that will try to establish the right environment for all of the students. This can sometimes be difficult to achieve given that a large amount of teachers are white and haven’t experienced much diversity themselves (Howard 1).
Diversity is the condition of having or being composed of differing elements: variety; especially: the inclusion of different types of people according to Merriam- Webster Dictionary. In high school diversity means much more than being different. Having a diverse school enriches the education experience by helping students learn from others experiences, beliefs, and perspectives (Fairleigh Dickinson University). Diversity also challenges stereotypes, teaches communication between varied backgrounds, and educates students to work with different cultures (Fairleigh Dickinson University). Students in diverse schools also have a chance to learn how other cultures live, are forced to think about other cultural issues and reduce racism (Santrock, pg. 348). In 2007 a study by the National Comprehensive Center for Teaching Quality came to the conclusion that “76% of teachers say they were trained to teach ethnically diverse student body but few that 4 in 10 said their training helps them” (Greatschools). In order to change this, teachers should use the concept of a jigsaw classroom which is a mix of cultures in a classroom working towards a common goal (Santrock, pg....
“We are all different, which is great because we are all unique. Without diversity, life would be very dull” (Catherine Pulsifer). Understanding diversity as a teacher is one of the most important concepts to be an effective teacher. It is important for us as teachers to recognize a variety of student needs including those of ethnicity, language socioeconomic class, disabilities, and gender. As teachers and as a school it is important to promote acceptance of cultural and other differences not only in the classroom but also in the community. In many schools, it is a useful idea to incorporate the concept of culture competence. That is, bring together a set of congruent behaviors, attitudes, and policies in a system to enable that system to work effectively in cross-cultural situations.
Cushner, K., McClelland, A., & Safford, P. L. (2009). Human diversity in education: an integrative approach (6th ed.). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill.
There has been a major change in the past thirty years regarding the amount of immigrants coming to the United States. The impact the immigrants have had on education and diversity is unbelievable. There are many factors which contribute to the element of diversity in education, such as each student 's culture, the different languages each student speaks, promoting gender equality amongst students, and working with students who have exceptionalities. As today 's educators, teachers must understand diversity from an omniscient perspective and the influence it has on students, making the process of getting an education as equal and pleasant as possible for all students.
Diversity in the U.S is described in the text book Teaching in America by author George S. Morrison as, “The range of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, cultural heritage, gender, and ability or disability represented in society,”(114, Morrison). Diversity has become more universally surrounding the United States; recurrently students are becoming widely distinct in several different unique diverse situations. Teachers should respond to diversity in ways of which are formed to accommodate to their students special needs and distinctive interests.
When you walk into any classroom, you will see that they all reflect the increase in our nation's cultural diversity. When it comes to teaching a diverse classroom, many teachers feel the pressure of ensuring that each and every one of their students are learning equally and comprehending the material in the same manner. Because diversity is defined by more than a student's race or national origin, a teacher like myself must be prepared to identify my students' strengths, weaknesses, limitations, and/or special needs. One way to ensure this is to plan carefully to ensure to all students participate in an educational activity that they all find interesting and personally relevant to their own situations or lives.
The world is currently undergoing a cultural change, and we live in an increasingly diverse society. This change is not only affect the people in the community but also affect the way education is viewed. Teaching diversity in the classroom and focusing multicultural activities in the programs can help improve positive social behavior in children. There is no question that the education must be prepared to embrace the diversity and to teach an increasingly diverse population of young children.
In fact, at schools there is a lot of diversity. In the classroom cultural diversity should be appreciated because they will want to learn more about themselves and their culture (Borkar). Different groups means that there will be a wide variety of topics to discuss. This benefits the students because they can learn about the many different perspectives of the world around them. They can learn different ways of thinking and n...
At first glance, I will be totally honest, I knew little to nothing about diversity. I am a white female from a middle-class family and was lucky enough to never see a diversity problem in my schools. This course reiterated the fact that I was not aware of all the diversity in the classroom and the world today. Growing up, none of my teachers really discussed or related topics to cultural backgrounds other than the most common “white middle class”. My parents have always taught me to treat everyone the same no matter the color of their skin, religion, ability, disability, cultural background, sexual orientation, and values of life. I believed that my upbringing and surroundings contributed to the way I acknowledged diversity, but I was wrong. Diversity is more than just accepting the facts, but acting on the facts. Diversity indeed comes in many from the race, gender, ability/disability, age and cultural background is just a few. As a future educator, it is important for me to understand diversity and how to incorporate that into my future classroom. This class really helped me open up about what diversity means to me and how I can be an effective teacher to those who need me the most. For the first time, I was able to put in the effort to