Poverty is a serious issue which our society and children faces every day. It is a constant struggle that shouldn’t be ignored. UNICEF states “The study of OECD countries in 2007, over fourteen percent of Australian children under the age of eighteen are currently living in households who are defined as poor or with incomes less than half of the median national income”. The increase in the number and percentage of children living in poverty within our society has contributed to making today's classrooms more diverse than ever it has been. This highlights and makes both teaching and learning more challenging. Diversity exists in the students who are living in poverty and the education assistant and teachers must provide the concept of diversity
The most memorable time when I was impacted educationally by diversity would be my freshman year in High School. I had gone to a private Christian school from Kindergarten through 8th grade. My mom thought that it would be a great idea to send me to public school for my freshman year. Mind you, I lived in Dallas, TX at the time and public school is quite different than private school there. I was not only the minority in school, but I was one of five Caucasian kids in the entire school. I was made fun of for being white, coming from private school, and for being smart. Just like the article, Helping Diverse Learners Succeed, I had to learn about my new environment. I didn’t understand why the kids were mean to me and why
Students have their own best way in effectively learning the lesson. With the diversity of students, the problem is each student has a preferred learning style. It becomes undeniably one of the reasons that make it difficult to achieve the best expected outcome out of teachers’ effort. However, teachers try to incorporate various teaching techniques to make every learning opportunity become productive, meaningful, and relevant for the learners.
Additionally, the transgender population at community colleges, which are social institutions, is an invisible minority on college campuses throughout the United States (Ivory, 2005). The systematic marginalization of transgender students begins with the application process (Seelman, 2014). The community colleges only recognize two gender identities on their applications, which reinforces the societal norm of gender identities (2014). Additionally, there is limited training on the needs of transgender students for faculty and staff (2014). Hence, there are none or few support services specifically for transgender people on many community college campuses (2014). Therefore, the community college perpetuates the marginalization of transgender
I completely agree with you, Rhea. In order to meet the needs of diverse learners, classrooms should offer multiple choices. In order to reach students of different abilities and backgrounds, teachers should incorporate both traditional methods of instruction, such as paper and pencil, as well as interactive stations that allow students to take control of their own learning. I enjoyed my AFX more than the IFX because, while there were chances for students to control their learning, students were given multiple outlets to control their learning. They used ipads, the smartboard, they had multiple centres (for math and English), they drew pictures and used papers and
Teachers should understand the diversity spectrum that is in a classroom; there are cultures, races, languages, and socioeconomic backgrounds in classroom during the 21st century educational realm. Students need to acknowledge student’s diverse background specially when they arrive late in the school year.
It is absolutely imperative for educators to understand the perception of "kids do well if they can," rather than "kids do well if they want to," as explained by Dr. Ablon. Despite the significance of this concept, there is still a widespread, incorrect believe that behaviorally troubled children are acting up on purpose. Similarly, it is also commonly accepted that children who do poorly in school are failing because they are apathetic and lazy, when really the opposite is true.
Brisbane Catholic Education ensures that schools are an inclusive, supportive and engaging environment for all students, staff and caregivers. It strives to build a community that values, celebrates and responds to diversity (Brisbane Catholic Education, 2015). Catholic schools cater for students who have a diverse range of personal characteristics and experiences. These characteristics and experience include various physical, religious, cultural, personal health or wellbeing, intellectual, psychological, socio-economic or life experiences (Queensland Catholic Education Commission, ______). This diversity provides an opportunity to embellish the communal life of the school (Brisbane Catholic Education, 2015). This essay will
Schools and classrooms of today contain an increasingly diverse population of students. As of 2012 percentage of white students in public schools has decreased from 59% to 51%. It is projected that by 2024 the percentage of white students will continue to decrease to 46% (National Center for Educational Statistics, 2015). In 2013 the National Center for Educational Statistics has reported that 51% of the students in public schools were from low-income families. In contrast, 1989 the percentage of students from low–income families was 32%. (NCES, 2015) The percentage of students with disabilities in public schools has been around 13% for the last 10 years. (NCES, 2015) As a superintendent I need to lead the district’s staff and students to recognizing the diverse populations of people interact with and teach on a daily basis. Another appropriate response to our increasing diversity in public schools is to
Diversity and inclusion within STEM has become a challenge for institutions of higher education and industry employers. Issues with recruitment and retention of underrepresented minorities are illustrated in workforce hiring and enrollment in higher education institutions. In particular, Colleges of Agriculture and related industries have shown to lag behind other fields in metrics related to diversity, equality, and inclusion. For example, in Purdue University’s College of Agriculture of the 2,736 students currently enrolled only 193 students were underrepresented minorities. This is alarming as the national demographics illustrate a shift in population proportions of underrepresented minorities and subsequently
The neighborhood I grew up in, my experiences in school, and my family background has shaped my view and deeds on equity, inclusion, and diversity to its own extent. I grew up in a normal middle class neighborhood, with the majority of the population being boys. Also in my neighborhood I had my two male cousins along with my male brother. As you may guess, I hung out with a lot of boys while I was younger, however that didn’t necessarily make me a tomboy. I could hang out with the guys, which influenced me to the fact that I’m just as good as them and we are on the same level. On the other hand, my room was filled with pink items and I loved to play with dolls. At an early age, they try to diversify the differences between little boys and little
The methodology comprised pre-service teachers attitude toward the inclusion of students with disabilities in the general education classroom, in a three-semester hour course. The details extracted were participants, setting description, instrumentation data collection procedures, study design, and the data analysis procedures used. The study design sought to answer the following research question “How does a one three-semester-hour service-based introductory course in diversity affect pre-service teachers’ attitude toward the inclusion of diverse learners in a general education classroom? The population used for the study were students enrolled in a teacher education program in a multi-faceted United Methodist Church related university located
Every student that walks into your classroom will have a different story. In theatre education, we thrive on story telling. Acceptance of all sorts, and diversity tend to come hand-in-hand with theatre. What I aimed for this semester, was making an inclusive and comfortable learning environment for my students no matter their interest, ability level or background. My CT had already established that for his upper level classes, and I had to try to become part of their group. Whereas our Intro class have never seen him before, and he left it up to me to help set it up this semester. Students come from different cultures, religions, neighborhoods, home situations and socioeconomic classes. Some have been in the same town and school their entire lives while others have moved around a bit causing
As states have expanded access to preschool programs, preschool classrooms around the country have become remarkably diverse. Having a diverse classroom or educational program is beneficial to both students and staff. “The dimensions of diversity include race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, language, culture, religion, mental and physical ability, class, and immigration status” (NEA, n.d., par. 1). Diversity, the differences between ourselves and others, offers both benefits and challenges for educators (Berger & Riojas-Cortez, 2016). Diversity provides additional opportunities to learn about different life experiences, languages, and cultures, through curriculum and interactions with students, colleagues, and families. Studies have shown that exposing children to diversity often results in better academic achievement and a reduction in prejudices and
Within the core of many educational institutions, diversity is a commercial tacit. While every institution cannot offer the same kind of diversity, the endorsement of such exists through various definitions. The Western Association of Schools and Colleges define diversity through the various classes: race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, disability, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, and age (“Statement on Diversity”)