Culturally Inclusive Classroom

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Student engagement is the amount of attention or interest that students have and show when they are learning or being taught. This extends to the level of motivation they have to learn and progress in their own education. In the “Culturally Inclusive Classrooms” textbook, it explains how reciprocal teaching can help encourage student engagement by giving students the opportunity and responsibility to be both learners and learning leaders. Learning leaders will ask questions to other students and/or the teacher to facilitate comprehension of course material, and encourages other students to ask questions. While “Talking Diversity”, suggests that teachers include students in collaborative rule making and classroom code of conduct. It is important …show more content…
In the textbook “The Culturally Inclusive Educator”, it explains inclusiveness as a sense of belonging. This means the teacher plays a critical role in creating this environment, so that all students feel that they belong and can share their ideas and opinions in a safe environment. One activity that is a good example of inclusion is the Jigsaw set up. Students have home groups, and each person in a home group leaves to join a learning group to learn about a specific topic or aspect, which they will then come back and teach to their home group. This allows students to practice their teaching and facilitation skills, leading discussion, answering questions, and giving them ownership of their learning. In “Talking Diversity”, it says how divisions within the classroom have the potential to separate and alienate students, which create an unwelcoming environment. “Talking diversity” explains, “Cultivating a positive learning environment requires a multifaceted approach that takes into consideration the importance of supporting students needs, cultivating civility, and promoting community at the classroom level. This approach should include a focus on establishing rules and communication guidelines, building relationships, promoting cooperation, and encouraging continuous self-reflection”(33). In the “21st Century Learner” there is a part that discusses

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