Cultural Awareness Reflection

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1. Cultural Awareness was something that I thought I had a grasp on before entering this class. I felt like I was a very open person, but after completing this class and looking back on the readings and assignments, I realized that there are several layers to cultural awareness. Nieto & Bode (2008) point out that “before we can ask schools to change in order to teach all students, we need to understand the differences that students bring with them to school” (p. 171). It is one thing to know that different cultures exist, but it is another to be in contact with and to connect with different cultures. In my classroom, I know that I will have students from all different cultures and in order to make them feel accepted, I need to have an understanding …show more content…
Diverse teaching beyond race, ethnicity, and religion was another thing that impacted me during this class. At the beginning of this course, I was aware that we, as educators, need to be conscious of different cultures, but another aspect of teaching is to reach out to students that have different learning capabilities. When we learned about giftedness as well as the multiple intelligences that students have, it opened my eye to just how diverse of teacher I want and need to be for my students. With TPE 15, I “will understand when and how to collaborate with others, especially curriculum specialists, community leaders, and parents on preparing relevant and appropriate instructional activities, curricular units, and school structures that would provide equitable outcomes for students from different linguistic, cultural, and social economic backgrounds” (p.4). With this course I have learned how important it is to treat my students as equals in order to ensure their success. By working with the school and parents, and getting to know my students, I can gather enough information to turn my classroom into a place of acceptance and educational …show more content…
I consider myself a very open minded person who sees everyone as an equal. After reading back through the assignments and seeing things through a different perspective, I realized that I do have a certain level of white privilege that I didn’t identify with before. With my personal upbringing and education, I realize now that I took for granted the quality of life that I had. I did not have any problems with my home life and I was never questioned about my abilities to perform in school. After this class, I realize that other races have to deal with teachers and schools discriminating against them because of stereotypical ideas. I want to make sure that my students don’t feel like they are being singled out because of their

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