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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... [continues]
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