2 ways to look at "Cross-Cultural" Learning
2. Creating a classroom environment that fosters learning in a diverse student population
We're going to focus on creating a positive classroom environment for cross-cultural learners
What is the primary operative in the classroom?
- Acquired through building on cognitive abilities, understanding patterns, and ultimately making sense of the world around them
- By age 5, children have mastered the sounds of their native language
- Through mastering their language, children have an easier time learning to read
What is a way that language can be used?
Race & Racism
- Race is not a biological concept, but a social/cultural one
- Racism does exist and pretending that it does not exist will not make it go away
- Therefore, we need to raise a generation that knows how to effectively deal with race issues
How do we raise a generation that can effectivly deal with racial issues?
- Make them aware that race issues do exist
- Place emphasis acceptance and not jumping to conclusions
- Embrace and celebrate differences
- Empower students to know that they have a voice that can be the voice of change
4 Levels of Interaction with Culture
- Tolerance: to endure someone's differences
- Accept: to acknowledge the significance and validity of said differences
- Value: to believe that the person and their differences are valuable
- Celebrate: to deeply care and understand for another's point of view
Resonance: to have a strong feeling of shared belief or understanding
Above all, we do not want to create a division, but rather a dialogue and appreciation for those who are different than our mainstream.
Now, let's take a look at a few different cultures and what we could do to accommodate them in our classrooms
It is so important to understand a wide variety of cultures, and as easy as it is to generalize, it is extremely important to remember that every individual is different though they might come from a culture full of "norms."
- How will you personally seek to understand and resonate with other cultures?
- In your classroom, what are steps you can take in your curriculum in order to bring your students to the "resonate" stage?
- What will you do to change your use of language in order to not use it as a discriminatory tool?