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Diversity Project Diversity Project Samarra Crawford Walden University Professor Eric Fraunfelter EDUC 6616 Enhance Learning for Diverse Population March 3, 2018 1
Diversity Project Reflection What is diversity? Diversity is described as the state of being diverse or a range of different things (n.d). When thinking on diversity and its definition I often wonder how diverse the world is and how does diversity affect the way we interact with one another. How do we identify diverse group within our communities and what makes these groups diverse are often question I have reflected on? When examining my own community setting and the diverse population in the area I have to exam my own belief of what I consider diverse. I live in a melting pot of different cultures where Spanish and Creole are spoken frequently and fluently, however, there are many different s of Spanish and Creole dialects. Reflecting on diversity and learning with the population, strengths and area of improvement I have to examine what I know about the diverse groups within my community. In order to determine the population in detail I observed my local school setting to see the population of students and came to the conclusion that my community was predominantly Hispanic. Based on an article from the Miami Herald majority of the schools in Miami Dade County Florida shows the rise of Hispanics within the schools in Miami-Dade County. Walden University Diversity Proficiencies show professional qualities needed for teacher with diverse students. In relating those proficiencies, the components of importance include: awareness of self, understanding the learner, a good learning environment, planning, instruction and assessment, and professional practice (RWRCOEL). In order to identify the diversity within my community I had to make sure that I could follow the diversity proficiencies. I understand that in order to demonstrate strength as an educator I needed to be more self-aware. To understand the diverse needs of the student to be able to evaluate them I must identify differences in learning, performance, and how to facilitate lessons. I try to implement the RWRCOEL Diversity 2
Diversity Project Proficiencies in my learning environment and use it to determine my student’s strengths and to identify what needs to be worked on. I realized that in order to put the proficiencies into practice I must approach each lesson with strategies that will strengthen growth and respect the differences within my classroom. Since I live in a community that has many diverse groups I must always remember that preconceived biases need to be thrown out and I must learn about the differences of each culture. This term I have learned that there are different instructional tools to facilitate lessons and to find material that can be related to the students learning needs. Due to being in a diverse area it is necessary to be open minded and put all biases aside as there are always ways to deal with students, build rapport and overcome any difference. Reflecting on the

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