Reflection On Diversity In The Classroom

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Diversity is more than just the color of someone’s skin. It is more than cultural customs and social classes. Diversity is a wide-range of characteristics. Sometimes it is used to define statistics of school populations. While some may view diversity as just another percentage on a school’s fact sheet, diversity means more to me. As a pre-service teacher, I did not know what to expect when I registered for my Diversity in Learning class. Honestly, I thought the class would be about modifying our teaching styles to meet the needs of diverse learning styles. Mainly because I thought the true meaning of “diversity”, when applied to the classroom setting, was referring to the different types of student learning styles. After our first class meeting, …show more content…
Tackling social justice in the classroom will be a major goal of mine as a teacher. I will also want to diminish the sociocultural, socioeconomic, and sociopolitical systems of privileged and marginalized groups of people. As a teacher, I need to be aware of the social justices, privileges, and marginalization my students may face so I can facilitate a positive learning environment for all of the students in my classroom. Many may ask, what exactly is social justice, privilege, and marginalization? How do these factors contribute to learning process of the students? Interestingly enough, they contribute a …show more content…
Does it differ from equity? To answer those questions simply, yes, they do differ. The difference between equality and equity is equality is giving every student in the classroom the same instructional strategy. While this sounds wonderful, it disregards certain privileges and oppressions that students may face. As an educator, I need to be aware of the inequity and inequality some of my students may face. Maslow created the Hierarchy of Human Needs, thus meaning that some needs such as food, shelter, and water are more important than analyzing the theme of Romeo and Juliet. I need to create an equitable classroom environment. Meehan’s (2014) article “This is What Poverty Looks Like” supports this theory by stating, “The educators who take the time to talk to, listen to, sympathize with, and understand their students’ situations are the ones who make a difference.” As an educator, I do not need to provide every student with the same treatment and expect each student to perform at their maximum potential. Some students may have learning disabilities or societal adversities that may prevent them from thriving in a learning environment where everyone is treated equally.
Another important factor of diversity in the classroom is culture. Diversity in teaching and schooling are an important element when incorporating multicultural education and considering individual, cultural, and institutional demographics that may impact

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