Classroom Diversity Essay

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Finding new ways to improve learning experiences equally for all students, as well as ways to promote healthy learning communities, is an important aspect of effective schools and effective teachers. Therefore, successful schools and teachers are interested in finding ways to support diversity in schools. Currently, teachers are taking steps to address diversity by learning about the ways students differ, about the teachers themselves, and, finally, by seeking to form one inclusive classroom community. First of all, in order for them to cultivate an inclusive classroom, teachers must learn about the ‘them’, that is, their students. The diversity of students, their abilities, and intelligences are as numerous as the students themselves. Harro Van Brummelen addresses six forms of …show more content…
For instance, some students may continually display their emotions and be unable to control them, whereas, on the other extreme, a student may have difficulties in expressing emotions at all. As for social abilities, effective schools must address both extrovert and introvert students. In order to address both the social and emotional diversity effective schools may adopt programs that address all students, wherever they are, and unite them with the objective of growing in social and emotional learning. Zins refers to several key factors that effective programs for social and emotional learning possess: teaching self-awareness, self-respect, empathy, perspective taking, and cooperation (Zins, 2004). Intellectual diversity can apply to a student’s natural ability to learn. Certain students have learning disabilities. Teachers who are alert towards the symptoms of these disabilities can help identify them early and procure the necessary aid (Parkay, Stanford, Vaillancourt, Stephens, & Harris, 2012). Other students are academically gifted. These students are far more advanced in their studies than their peers.

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