Classroom Diversity

  Creating a Plan for a Cultural Diverse Classroom

                                           

              “Global Students” 

                 Tina Serrano

                                               

 

                           

         You Tube, My Space, knowing more about the world; these are the technological interest of the students today. Technology is a big part of our student’s lives, at home and in the classroom. As a teacher who is teaching the students who will become the global citizens of the 21st. century, I plan on using technology along with a creative plan to create an attitude of appreciation for the diversity of our Nation. Students are global citizens who need to learn about other cultures in order to be the creative, innovative people of the 21st.century. Developing and implementing a plan to teach the children of the 21st. century can be a challenge indeed. While we in the United States are teaching the basics like math, reading and writing, there are other countries teaching their students global issues. In order to create a sense of being global citizens’ attitude amongst our students, it is important to create a sense of community in their schools and in the classroom.

America is multicultural in every aspect. As I look at a classroom with approximately five or six different cultures represented, I know I must have two things on my agenda. The first is to have good classroom management. This will enable me to have a classroom atmosphere that will enforce the “respect each other rule.”  The second item that I will have on my agenda, is to implement a plan to teach my students that the diversity in the classroom is an exceptional thing.

 The fact that America is the country that it is, leads back to the freedom factor. The freedom to be who you are, and to celebrate the cultural diversity of your heritage is what it means to live in America. I teach my students what it means to be a “Global Citizen.” 

         Children need to become critical thinkers as they grow and get older. Students also should learn how to make connections between ideas and use those ideas to keep on learning.

         Technology and teams go together; these are the means of a creative learning process.

I will team my students up according to their diversity. This will enable them to learn from each other. It is imperative that the students are taught from an early age that being different is a good thing. This is what makes the world so interesting.

Social Studies units should include lessons on other countries and their cultures. I  include books about young children and what their lives are like in other countries as I teach. When preparing a bullentin board that represents diversity, creating and implementing the ideas is an essential tool.

I will have a picture of stick people that are all the same, posted up with the words

“What Now?”  This will cause the students to ask questions. What now, will open up a conversation about what our world would be like if we all looked and acted alike? As part of my plan to create tolerance in my classroom, I would have the students write a story about what it the world would be like if we were all the same. I’m sure this would bring some very creative, funny ideas into the classroom. Having fun as they learn is important to me. Happy children learn more. This assignment will help the students to lighten up and be able to relax with their fellow classmates.

    The second part of the lesson would be to write about their heritage, as a team they can research together and this will help build lasting friendships as well. As teams of two, they will be given the opportunity to use the computers in the computer lab and in the library throughout the week to work on researching their heritages. During the second week, they will have the opportunity to write a rough draft in the classroom and I will be available to help in any area needed. Week three will be the week to focus on the final draft of their “heritage” paper. They will be responsible for scheduling time together to get it done, either during library, study hall or at each others homes. Week four is the week that all final papers should be handed in.

        As I prepare a bulletin board to display their work, I will encourage them to find pictures of items that are represented in their heritage. Pictures of food, clothing, flags, people and animals can be included.

After the reports are read aloud and handed in, I will post them on the “Global Citizens” board. Most children are focusing on “today.” As a teacher, I will encourage my students to think about what they will be doing in the future. By instilling a sense of “Global” community in the classroom, the students will acquire a vast amount of information on other cultures. A lesson on the global communities will teach the students about the multicultural differences that make up our world. I will point out how the multicultural differences in our classroom make our classroom so interesting and by edifying them as a global classroom; I will build up their sense of pride. The students can be proud of their class.

      By setting the stage for acceptance, I can expect to see an attitude of a “global community within the classroom.” This will eliminate the prejudices and therefore help in the classroom management. Our class discussion will conclude with an overview of the rules and regulations in the classroom.

These will be posted as follows:

·         Respect:

·         Realize we are all different.

·         Enjoy one another’s’ company.

·         Students of the future, we are.

·         People of one nation, we are.

·         Expected to succeed, because you are all awesome!

·         Counting on each other is the way to go.

·         Teacher’s proud of you!

 

A reward system will be set up to encourage the students also. For every encouraging word that I hear given to each other , I will put a slip of paper in a box and at the end of the week, if it has more than fifty positive words put in it I will allow them to bring in a treat from home to share with the class.

 

 CELEBRATING OUR DIVERSITY…..