University of Phoenix
Creating a plan for a culturally diverse classroom
Classrooms are becoming more culturally diverse everyday and there are numerous ways to incorporate lessons and activities for all students, regardless of their background. I feel it is extremely important to teach students how to communicate and get along with other students, no matter what their cultural background may be. I look forward to the day when I can put my ideas and strategies to good use and help promote an environment of understanding and compassion among my students to carry with them throughout their lives as they go out into the bigger world and interact with all kinds of different people from themselves. In my classroom, I would go over the rules with my students at the beginning of the year. These rules would clarify that I will not allow disrespect, teasing, or harassing in my classroom. I will stick to these rules and I will follow through with the punishments that may be assigned if a student crosses the line. By showing my students that I am serious about these rules, they will learn to get along with the other students before treating them unfairly in my classroom. I believe by setting a good example is the best way to enforce this attitude of respect for others. I would also show my students that I care about them and am concerned with their learning by the activities and group work that I assign. I want them to get familiar with one another and become familiar with different cultures and traditions. I believe even by the way I have their desks arranged in the classroom will contribute to their getting along with one another. I believe that by grouping the desks together, while this may create more opportunities for distractions or misbehaviors, if I was in a classroom with five different cultures and languages, I would go ahead and do this for the better cause, which is for the students to interact with one another and talk even if it may just be a simple question regarding their assignment. These are small ways that students can become more comfortable and familiar with one another. If I was in a classroom with such a culturally diverse group of students I would take time at the beginning of the year for the students to write a brief introduction about themselves and as hard as it may be, I would have them read it out loud to the class and allow the class to ask questions to the students as a brief introduction. I would encourage an environment of friendship and helping out one another. I feel it is important for students to have a brief introduction to everyone so that there are no “stranger” feelings, even though they may not know some students very well at all at the beginning of the year. I will stress to them that for the next year we will be working with one another and helping each other to accomplish our goals and to make the progress we need to. I would address to the students, in a way that they could comprehend, depending on the grade level, the differences of socioeconomic status and its implications on students and their schoolwork. I would make sure to address this topic in a comfortable way and allow the students to discuss their ideas on the topic and voice their opinions and thoughts. I would also discuss sexual harassment, as it is a problem that can occur anywhere, regardless of the geographical area. I feel it would also be important to discuss with my students ways to identify signs of abuse, drug use, or suicidal tendencies. I would want to make these discussions comfortable for the students and to reassure them that we can talk about any of these subjects in a responsible, respectful way. I would also allow them to talk to me privately if they had any concerns that they ever needed to share. I would make sure that I give them the feelings of privacy and trust so that they could feel comfortable coming to me if they...