Application: Reflective Essay
Enhancing Learning through Linguistic and Cultural Diversity
Dr. Marylou Dantonio
June 22, 2011
This course has really enlightened my view of being able to learn the value of linguistic and cultural diversity and the influential learning opportunities it gives today’s classrooms and schools. We as teacher educators were allowed to examine our attitudes, beliefs, and preferences regarding linguistically and culturally diverse students, families, and communities and learn methods for working together to confirm high levels of learning for all students. Also, strategies for guaranteeing reasonable access to high-quality learning experiences were accessible as well. Moreover, current practices such as cultural responsiveness, anti-bias curriculum, differentiated instruction, and developing academic vocabulary were explored throughout this course as well. In what ways did your personal attitudes and beliefs about diversity issues influence your classroom practice? On the contrary, everyone does not have a strong belief that diversity in the classroom is beneficial. Some teachers may feel astounded by the prospect of meeting so many different types of needs; they may believe they do not have the time to focus on the needs of each individual. They also may have concerns about being able to meet the normal developmental needs of young children in a classroom where so many students have special needs. On the other hand, I truly believe that diversity in the classroom is beneficial; believing that all children are capable of learning, as well as setting high standards and maintaining high expectations for all students while understanding that children have natural developmental differences as they grow. In what ways have you deepened your knowledge and understanding of the needs of diverse populations? I have...