Essay on Reflection: Education and Culturally Diverse Students

634 Words Oct 19th, 2011 3 Pages
Running head: Reflection

Application: Reflective Essay

Pamela Harvey

Walden University

EDUC-6650H-1 Enhancing Learning through Linguistic and Cultural Diversity

Dr. Marylou Dantonio

June 22, 2011

Reflection
Reflective Essay
This course has really enlightened my view of being able to learn the value of linguistic and cultural diversity and the influential learning opportunities it gives today’s classrooms and schools. We as teacher educators were allowed to examine our attitudes, beliefs, and preferences regarding linguistically and culturally diverse students, families, and communities and learn methods for working together to confirm high levels of learning for all students. Also, strategies for guaranteeing
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Also, act as guides, mediators, consultants, instructors, and advocates for my students, as well as helping them to effectively connect their culturally- and community-based knowledge to the classroom learning experiences.
In what ways will the content of this course help you in your quest to make your school and classroom more meaningful and effective for all students? One way in which the content of this course that will help in my quest to make my school and classroom more meaningful and effective for all students are reshaping the curriculum. According to Nieto, "Schools must take a serious look at their curriculum, pedagogy, retention and tracking policies, testing, hiring practices, and all the other policies and practices that create a school climate that is either empowering or disempowering for those who work and learn there"(Nieto,1996). The curriculum should be integrated, interdisciplinary, meaningful, and student-centered. Also, it should include issues and topics related to the students' background and culture. Moreover, it should challenge the students to develop higher-order knowledge and skills.
In summary, this course has really educated my view of being a teacher as well as being able to interact with today’s diverse and fluctuating educational setting. Therefore, the discussions were very good ways in understanding how
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