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1 Common Beliefs Log Reflection and Diversity Activity Log Holley Stejskal Walden University Dr. Fannie Haughton Enhancing Learning for Diverse Populations – EDUC 6616j April 8, 2019
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2 Common Belief Log Reflection The thirteen common beliefs for educators was very eye-opening for me, and I chose questions focusing on common beliefs I wanted to further research. By researching deeper issues related to tolerance and making myself more aware of the prevailing beliefs encouraged me to eliminate any bias, stereotyping and judgments which are unknowingly occurring in my classroom daily. The questions I selected also gave me the opportunity to self observe my current teaching practice and create a plan for changing any areas needed. The items to consider I chose are as follows: Why is it important to incorporate their identities into the curriculum? How might teachers learn about the cultural perspectives and practices of their students? How does a culturally relevant curriculum validate the cultural identity of students? What are some ways that educators can have high expectations of their students while acknowledging their individual needs? How might you make time to better understand your students, even in a climate that favors high-stakes test preparation over student-teacher relationships? Why is it important to openly discuss issues that are seen as having racial dimensions? What can be done to dismantle racial bias and misconceptions in the American educational system? What are some explanations for why parents avoid coming to their children’s school? How can teachers both view and utilize students’ home language in a positive manner? Why do teachers need to keep in mind as they raise the learning expectations for students who are not as confident in their capabilities as learners? What are some ways that educators can simultaneously have high expectations of their students and acknowledge their individual needs? What are some strategic approaches to using group learning in the classroom? What are ways to incorporate complex problem-solving in basic skills assignments? The focus of Module 2 was race, ethnicity, culture, and learning. Common Belief One looked at how educators need to integrate students’ identities into the curriculum. At first, I had the impression it was discussing how teachers see all students as being equal and not studying a specific race, stereotypes or judgments while teaching. Once I read the background information, I started to realize how important to not only acknowledge student differences, races, and ethnicities but it is valuable to students’ identities helping the teacher understand the students
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3 deeper. I feel it is crucial to include students’ identities in the classroom so, they may learn from one another, hear a variety of experiences, and see each other as individuals. “A culturally competent teacher recognizes the diversity manifested in the students as strengths and succeeds
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