One of the biggest challenges that both novice and experienced educators face each day is teaching diverse classrooms. The term "diversity" does not just mean racial differences; in fact, it includes students with disabilities or giftedness, varying religious beliefs, different cultural backgrounds, unique personalities and interests, and individual learning styles, to name a few. It is the teacher's role to ensure that all of these students, regardless of background, is given a quality education. In whatever means necessary, the teacher must make sure that the entire class reaches the same lesson objective. How will you perform such a task while valuing and promoting diversity in your classroom?
The following are examples of strategies to encourage diversity in the classroom:
- Take the time to learn about your students' background, interests, and learning style
- Allow time for the students to learn about each other and gain an appreciation for the diversity they bring to the classroom.
- Bring in different people to the class as resources that students might be able to connect with.
- Never tolerate bullying, teasing, and other put-down behavior at any time in the classroom.
What will you do to address and promote diversity in your classroom?
How will you instruct learners with a variety of needs and abilities?