FDT4 Diversity and Inclusion Task 2 Cultural Understanding and Acceptance Introduction Teaching takes an immense amount of patience, dedication, and understanding, more so when teaching in a multicultural setting, many aspiring teachers do not think about the additional dedication, and patience that is needed to teach in a culturally diverse classroom. As an aspiring teacher I intend to take additional measures to fully educate myself on the various cultures surrounding my educational district, by doing this I hope to better accommodate all students in my classroom. In the educational region that I intend to teach, there are two predominant cultures aside from the Caucasian American culture, these two cultures are the African American culture and the Hispanic culture. According to the Census Bureau 3.2% or approximately 138,563 people in the state of Kentucky are Hispanic, and 8.1% or approximately 317,653 people are African American (U.S. Census Bureau, 2013). Through significant research on the different foods, languages, and holiday traditions of these cultures, I hope to enhance my understanding of these cultures.
The Civil Right Movement brought about legislation in preventing prejudice towards people with disabilities allowing them the right to an education. Legislation made sure parents are well-informed of their rights concerning their child’s education and special instructions designed to meet their needs. The social implications of litigation on the lives of students with disabilities is giving students equality in education where teachers develop modification and accommodations to meet student’s academic and social goals. I would say thinking has changed dramatically regarding the understanding of students with disabilities. For, many people did not understand or had the true knowledge of disabilities and how to help students with disabilities.
Parents might want to consider teaching their children about autonomous motivation which promotes greater conceptual understanding, better grades, enhanced persistence at school and in sporting activities, higher productivity, less burnout, and greater levels of psychological well-being. Parents can still rely on teaching their children the same cultural morels as they were taught growing up, but they should highly consider learning new ways to adapt autonomy to their children’s lives. In order for this change to work, parents need to add autonomy more in their parenting yet, keeping the values they think is best for their child. Autonomy for children is a growing
The difference between disequilibrium, and equilibrium and its impact in the classroom is as significant as Piaget suggests. If a student/person feels like they know how to solve a problem (or are at equilibrium), they will not want to learn about it. Although, if they are able to create a disequilibrium, or the inability to solve a problem by receiving constructive feedback and create competition, one will want to learn more about the subject/job and will hopefully retain a lot more information. An example of this can be seen in the classroom or workforce. There are many children in primary school who rely on their parents/peers to tie their shoes for them as they constantly have support in the area and have no motivation to learn themselves.
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.
(Anning & Edwards 2006) stated early childhood educators have an obligation to learn throughout their professional lives so that they can continue to foster actual ways to improve children’s knowledge and wellbeing. I felt that Phil needed my support to assist him so he could broaden his understanding in this area as it would help him to explore new approaches and ideas. Even though Phil was approaching this situation in accordance to the kindergarten’s policy and procedures I felt that it could have been approached on a more personal level. This way I’m recognising the difference in cultural and family influences that are present in children’s lives and respect the parent enough to approach them, to assist them in their child’s learning (Siraj-Blatchford & Clarke 2000). If Mary and Tom are unaware of the behaviours that have been occurring it could put them on the defensive and not return to the pre-school and therefore have no respect for Phil who is caring for their child Another issue I felt that we may have faced is in this role may have been the professionalism of others in the stake holders such as confidentiality.
The impact that diverse cultural backgrounds have on my school is that our school is from a predominantly low socio-economic status and racially incudes white, Afro American, Spanish, and Oriental cultures. The challenges teachers face in teaching such a diverse makeup of students is to ensure their lessons are structured to reflect the student differences. It is crucial for teachers to seek out and acknowledge the cultural differences among their students so they are better able to consider their students’ prior knowledge and experiences when planning their lessons. The recognition of a student’s cultural differences provides a positive basis for effective learning, and a “safe” classroom environment where all
• It stresses the importance of using the classroom to help the students overcome negative attitudes. • It forms positive skills. • It educates students in emotional and personal development as well as intellectual areas of study. • Too much focusing on attitudes can take away time from the content or academics. Morrish's "Real Discipline" • It shows and demonstrates a clear understanding of human nature and how students will react.
As your class changes from one year to another, so will the cultural make-up of your students. In order for students to be successful they need to feel that someone cares whether or not they succeed. Teachers need to encourage all students to perform to their potential regardless of their culture. Creating an atmosphere of tolerance, acceptance, and caring would involve the whole class. When cultural differences cause problems it should be addressed as a group.
It will also help students to enjoy going to class every day. Every teacher should use many different ways to teach students, this will help students to be entertained while learning. This article also illustrates that even how uncomfortable the activity is, the most important thing is the students are learning and at the same time having fun. In conclusion, I can relate this article in the future, when I become a teacher. It will help me to teach students in many different ways.