August 12, 2018
Resources for Teachers
Teachers using the material to broaden their cultural competence is a great idea. This is a great way for teachers to begin to show a whole new horizon in the demographic era. “African-American, and Asian students in public K-12 classrooms is expected to surpass the number of non-Hispanic whites. The new collective majority of minority schoolchildren—projected to be 50.3 percent by the National Center for Education Statistics—is driven largely by dramatic growth in the Latino population and a decline in the white population, and, to a lesser degree, by a steady rise in the number of Asian-Americans. African-American growth has been mostly flat. That new majority will continue to grow, the same projections show” (Al,2018). Teachers need to know how to deal with situations where the students come in speaking very little English. The reasons for this is if teachers are not properly trained on how to deal with having a classroom with diverse students, students could possibly not get the education that they need. Also, students will sometimes shut down when they feel left out and not on the same level as other students in the classroom.
There are many reasons why the resource “A Class Divided” would be a great help for teachers. One is that it will help teachers to understand the importance of getting to know their students and families. When a teacher is willing to take the initiative to learn all about his/her students, it shows how they have made teaching their priority and not just a pay check. Teachers are starting to navigate their lesson planning to reach all students, especially the ones with weaknesses. This encourages students to recognize themselves and others as individuals. I feel that without these resources many teachers would still stick with the same way of doing things in the classroom. This is not acceptable because there are new methods of teaching that will make everyone feel involved in the classroom. The schedules of the classrooms need to reflect a little about what the students like and some things that they want to do. The resource A Class Divided would give the teachers insight into what a successful classroom should look and feel like. Also, this resource will help teachers to fully learn how to deal with new students from different cultures adapt to the classroom. Having many different cultures in the classroom can be difficult. Which is why teachers need to engage themselves into as many resources like A Class Divided, as possible. Sometimes it can feel like teachers are left to get the job done by themselves. In fact, there are many resources out there for teachers, new and old!
Al, N n.d., ‘Classroom diversity: Race, sex and sense’, USA Today, n.d., Academic Search Complete, EBSCOhost, viewed 29 July 2018.
Consoli, M. M., & Marin, P. (n.d). Teaching Diversity in the Graduate Classroom: The Instructor, the Students, the Classroom, or All of the Above? Journal of Diversity In Higher Education, 9(2), 143-157.
Lynch, Matthew. 2018. 4 REASONS WHY CLASSROOMS NEED DIVERSITY EDUCATION.