This encourages students to recognize themselves and others as individuals. It is certainly in the best interest of students and teachers to focus on the richness of our diversity. Recognizing and acknowledging our differences is part of treating students fairly and equally. So that you can facilitate the process of learning overall.
One reason for seeking out and acknowledging cultural differences among students is the idea that learning involves transfer of information from prior knowledge and experiences. All students begin school with a framework of skills and information based on their home cultures. This may include a rudimentary understanding of the alphabet, numbers, computer functions, some basic knowledge of a second language, or the ability to spell and write their names. It also includes a set of habits, etiquette and social expectations derived from the home. So that you can help students assimilate what they learn with what they already know.
If a student cannot relate new information to his own experiences, or connect the new material to a familiar concept, he may perceive the new information as frustrating, difficult or dismiss it completely, believing it to be in conflict with his already tenuous understanding of the world. Teachers have the responsibility to seek out cultural building blocks students already possess, in order to help build a framework for understanding.
Every group of students will respond differently to curriculum and teachers must constantly adjust to be sure their methods are diverse, both in theory and in practice. Leave a comment below. I agree that one of the reasons to be more diverse and accepting of different cultures is that it allows everyone to have equal opportunity for success and access to information.
I remember in high school we would spend an hour each week learning about a new culture. It was really eye-opening to listen to people from different backgrounds speak about their heritage and beliefs. Many […]. The Edvocate. Top Menu.
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