What are aspects to take into consideration when teaching in a class with lots of diversity?
Let’s check out.
Sometimes a person’s primary source of sosialization (to what one identifies with) is with one’s parents. Various cultural conceptions and values might hinder learning. That’s why it’s beneficial for a teacher to get somewhat aquainted with parents. But a question lingers: How well should a teacher know students’ parents?
In any case if parents don’t appreciate education that might severily hamper one’s learning process, and in ideal case a teacher should be aware of those kinds of obstacles. That’s why it’s crucial parents work for the same goal as teachers: to provide basis for learning.
- Diagnostical evaluation
A teacher could perform a diagnostical evaluation initally to determine the base level of a multicultural student (actually this should be done with everyone). Especially a new teacher lacks knowledge about students’ reservations and can not direct teaching optimally for individual needs. Though in a sense ignorance is a bliss, since new teachers also make observations with different bias than seasoned teachers.
- Majority or minority?
For instance in history teaching one needs to ponder the balance between ‘national’ and ‘international’ history. If the history teaching is excessively focused on national thematics, it could lessen the interest and make one feel exluded. Teaching involves identity-building and that should not be tied only to national interests.
- Language difficulties
In my opinion reading and writing difficulties are the biggest common denominator among students across age. Subjects such as civics entail plenty of concepts that might feel abstract and distant, that’s why much attention is needed that concepts are explained thoroughly and through practical examples. Students might feel scared to bring forward their learning disabilities, but a teacher should be sensitive to these issues.
- Avoiding conflicts
As noted in previous blog posts, discussion culture in schools is at times problematic. Students are undemonstrative when it comes to expressing their opinions publicly, because they are cautious of ridicule and judgment (perhaps a sign of times, where public opinions are sometimes quickly judged online?). Special challenges arise when there’s particular diversity in the class. Each individual is somehow different in terms of learning. Therefore it is essential that discussion skills as well as expressing and interpreting emotions are practised.