Is it likely that you will be teaching students who do not share your cultural background?
Furthermore, do you know the steps you need to take to ensure that you are helping all of your students achieve success?''
Research shows that to empower students of color, educators need to ensure that students see themselves represented in the curriculum. In other words, as a teacher you need to select resources that reflect the diversity in your class, in the school, in the community and in the world. Try to make sure that you are presenting students with a number of stories to show them just how many ways there are to understand and make sense of the world around us.
If you have the time, I love this TED talk by author, Chimamanda Adichie, The Danger of a Single Story
This previously unpublished work is reproduced with thanks to Megan Rand and Christine Nuyten.
Before trying to incorporate inclusive and multicultural content into your classroom, take a moment to reflect on your practice.
2.Include heritage languages: if you have a class with a number of English as a Second Language learners, try to incorporate their heritage language as much as possible into day to day classroom activities. For example: create bulletin board signs that display a number of different languages, bilingual books, and try to have multilingual resources available for students to access.
3.Give feedback to students who make derogatory comments: Address any derogatory comments (whether they are derived from ignorance, thoughtlessness, or malice) as soon as it is acceptable so that students know that this behaviour will not be tolerated in the classroom or school. (Meyers).
4.Have appropriate resources: Do not use textbooks that favour one culture and always be critical of the resources that you present to students. Try to find books that are current and cover a wide range of multicultural and inclusive topics.
5.Establish connections with the home and the community The onus is on the educator to overcome language barriers that may exist between the educator and her students' families. The educator needs to find a way to communicate in the family's first language, being sure to send home school newsletters and other school communication so that the family may understand it.
Works cited: Meyers, Mary. Teaching to Diversity: Teaching and Learning in the Multi Ethnic Classroom. Ontario: Irwin Publishing, 1993.