Diversity in Schools, A problem or an Opportunity?
This week I am away as we have a May Day long weekend break here in Singapore. I will be making the most of it with my family! In my absence this week we have the ever amazing Greg Curran – a passionate education leader from Australia. Over the coming weeks we have other exciting guest hosts including Dave Burgess, Marty Keltz and Jena Ball. Stay tuned 🙂
Everyday the global community shows up in our classrooms reflected in the material we chose to teach, the technology we use and the student body we engage. As we educate students to be 21st century leaders and creators it is easy to see they will be working in a diverse, multicultural, global arena.
So what is diversity anyway?
The belief that knowledge and understanding flourishes best in a climate of sharing through debate dates back to the Socratic tradition, but it is also a part of current global perceptivism.
Diversity can be described in terms of gender, age, sex, race or ethnicity but in the broader sense it refers to a concept that embraces the richness of human differences. Through dialogue and discovery broadens the learning experience for all students. By engaging in multicultural learning we extend the meaning of personal, social, and moral growth by learning from the unique perspectives of different populations.
This week #whatisschool takes a look at diversity in education and how a diverse classroom culture can be enhanced by technology integration and student voice.
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Questions #whatisschool, April 30, 2015 7PM EDT
1) What are the challenges of a diverse classroom?
2) How can you use structured classroom activities to highlight diversity?
3) How can global classrooms and technology increase diversity, awareness in your student body?
4) How can teachers, parents and communities create opportunities for students to experience diversity?
5) What can you do to increase student voice, empathy, understanding and acceptance of diverse populations?
6) How can teaching diversity in class prepare students to be part of a global community?