Today, I will be talking about diversity within the education field. You are going to encounter all different kinds of people throughout your teaching career, from black to white, rich to poor, tolerable to intolerable, regular kids to special needs kids, etc. The best thing you can you can do is try to adapt to each of these students. Watch the video below to learn a few strategies for teaching culturally diverse students.
To identify how these students are different, the best thing I could do is observe their behavior and actions in class, if I am looking for attitudes and in some cases, special needs. Facial appearances also differentiate people from different culture and other special needs cases.
There are many differences between students that I could discuss planning for, but for the sake of time, i’m going to chose dealing with a student who is impoverished. Students who are living in poverty may not have the energy to compete since they don’t eat much or help to succeed since their parents have to work endlessly to survive, which is something I learned from the poverty simulation my teacher showed us in class.
Here is the link to the simulation: http://playspent.org/
It is important to plan for teaching impoverished students since they are the students who may need the most help, since they may not have the support of family members. The best way to teach is to make sure they are included in class and that they make connections with other students. Those students could soon become friends and could lead to a sharing of resources, and perhaps some time away from the home. Making new friends and spending time studying with others are two ways to improve performance in school, as it leads to more feelings of self-worth and reduction of stress and anxiety.