Understanding Diversity in the Classroom

Understanding Diversity in the Classroom

According to Lederach (1995), “Culture is the shared knowledge and schemes created by a set of people for perceiving, interpreting, expressing, and responding to the social realities around them” (p. 32).  Culture is part of who we are and everything we do—where we grew up, the social groups we are part of, the way we talk, or dance, and think. If our experience shapes our learning and if culture shapes our experience, cultural connections are extremely important in the classroom.

Embracing Diversity

Some knowledge that we acquire has an impact on how we view the world. How we interact socially can shape the outlook that we have on a particular situation.  Social interaction and interaction with family plays a significant role in development and forms part of culture. It is through these experiences and interactions that culture began.  Culture has taken form of characteristics, behaviors, beliefs not only tradition, customs and values that shape our morals this means that composes everything that a human being is.  Our culture is formed and shaped by and through many people.

As an adult we encounter many experiences in life and our thinking is often affected by what we have encountered and learned in life.  Therefore, it is our duty, as adults and especially as educators, to embrace culture and teach the value of culture and diversity in our classroom. Embracing culture means to understand that each person comes with a different set of ideas and beliefs. Understanding that they may not resonate with you, means to find a way to understand and work with each other and accept one another’s beliefs and ideas.

I dedicate this post to all amazing diverse cultures. The world is a melting pot of interesting cultural differences that make our communities, neighborhoods, schools, and organizations a better place.

How can it be conducive to successful teaching? Administrators should consider this topic as well!
What are your thoughts on this?

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Dr. Sunddip

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