In the classroom

 

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  • What is your sub-topic?
    • The last sub-topic is about in classroom implementation of diversity. It is a section where all things come together in practice. We acknowledged diversity in different areas in previous sections, and this last one is a conclusion of all things we learned and put together in a classroom environment.
  • Why did you select this topic?
    • This topic is important because it is very practical. We often thrive on theories but lack on action, so this topic is to put all theories into action and specifically focus on classroom action plans in order to make diverse learning environment.
  • What is currently going on?
    • With the increase of diversity in the classroom, teachers are required to teach inclusively in order to make every student’s learning experience enjoyable. A lot of universities, in fact, listed lesson plans and suggestions that teachers can utilize in teaching a culturally diverse classroom. Harvard University, for instance, suggests that teachers should:
      • (1) Plan the course with the multicultural classroom in mind by considering syllabi, course assignments, examples, stories, and potential classroom dynamics
      • (2) Find ways to make the actual classroom open and safe for all students, and to make the material accessible to all students.
      • (3) Learn how to intervene tactfully and effectively in racially charged classroom situations and to manage hot moments or hot topics.
      • (4) Assess conscious and unconscious biases about people of cultures other than your own.
    • In addition to that, Harvard University listed detailed plans teachers can use in order to teach a racially diverse classroom:
      • Preparing for class
        • Develop a syllabus that explores multiple perspectives on the topic.
        • Design classroom instruction and materials with a diverse group of students in mind.
      • In class
        • Create opportunities to get to know your students on an individual/personal basis.
        • Design opportunities for students to interact with each other in respectful and meaningful ways.
        • Activate student voices.
        • Generate a challenging but vibrant learning process that encourages students to develop their creative, critical, and analytical thinking skills
  • How do you see the relevance/benefits of this topic in a K-12 context?
    • This topic is definitely beneficial for K-12 classrooms, even though the action plans listed above are more for college classes, but similar concepts and ideologies still apply to K-12 classrooms.
  • Provide resources for your research, and don’t forget to add references.
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