Cultural Mosaic Essay

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Collaborative Learning Community: Cultural Mosaic and Essay There are many cultures that educators will come in contact with in today’s classroom and teachers need to be prepared to provide them with the same level of learning as any other child. However, when students are from different cultures and have more complex backgrounds, the approach to learning can be quite challenging if the teachers has not educated themselves on strategies and techniques to accommodate these learners in the classroom. Therefore, by exploring the African, Indian, Japanese, and Mexican culture of students in the classroom, one will be able to gain insight on how to build an effective working relationship with students, their ways of communication, and learning styles that specifically connect the lesson content to the individual while knowledge and productivity is occurring. The following is a chart that compares some of the cultures in today’s classroom: African Culture Indian Culture Japanese Culture Mexican Culture Norms • Strong sense of family and religious ties. • Extraordinary belief in faith to persevere through any situation that may arise; that being in the classroom or outside the classroom. • Taught to respect senior citizens and anyone older than they are because of their age, authority, and wisdom; especially teachers (SSW, n.d.). • “Poverty impacts education, self-esteem, quality of life and lifestyle across the lifespan” (SSW, n.d.) • Many students from this culture go to their community and religious leaders if problems arise that appear challenging. • Emphasis on hierarchical relationships. • Status in society is very important and all relationships involve hierarchy in some way. • School teachers are respected and seen as an honored position. • The father is considered head of household and has all authority on family matters. • The Indian culture
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