• J: It’s crazy how fast the school year went. I remember when we discussed “what makes an effective teacher” all the way back on the first day of school.
• S: I remember that too! So funny how much we learned when we actually decided to observe the many aspects of teaching throughout the year.
• J: Agreed. Although we initially focused on easiness of the class, the teacher’s knowledge and passion of the subject, how teachers successfully engage students, and classroom management, I really appreciated how teachers need to understand learners and learning the most.
• S: I …show more content…
There is a particularly significant gap between advantaged and disadvantaged students, which explains a similar gap between American and Asian students (Intellectual Capital). The lack of shared knowledge that slows progress creates both a national excellence gap and a fairness gap in America. This leads to misbehavior among the best and worst students, reducing their willingness to learn. As a teacher, it is key to reduce this misbehavior in order to kindle their interest in learning (Intellectual Capital). If children aren’t willing to learn, then they aren’t going to learn.
• J: Wow. That’s certainly eye-opening. How does cultural diversity in the classroom affect a teachers approach? Should teachers attempt to be color-blind and ignore racial differences to teach students the same?
• W: Cultural diversity plays an extremely important part in how teachers teach. However, attempting to be color-blind can actually create more problems. By refusing to accept differences, you are accepting the dominant culture as applicable to all students and denying the identities of minority students, making them invisible (Cultural Issues and Their Impact on Learning).
• S: But shouldn’t teachers treat all students equally and fairly regardless of their …show more content…
Even within cultures, not every student has the same learning style. Other factors such as social class, language spoken at home, number of years in the US, and individual differences influence a student’s learning style (Cultural Issues and Their Impact on Learning). Although these groupings may be true for most students within a culture, teachers can’t assume them to be true for each student because this could lead to discriminatory decisions, such as not assigning Hispanic students leadership roles because they are assumed to be field dependent (Cultural Issues and Their Impact on Learning). Therefore, teachers need to implement strategies to identify the learning styles of their students, expose them to both styles of learning, and adapt their teaching style to cater to both learning styles (Cultural Issues and Their Impact on