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Running Head: REFLECTION ON LEARNINGReflection on LearningAshley CorriganAmerican College of Education- CI 5103
REFLECTION ON LEARNING 2Reflection on LearningAccording to Ford (2014), “Multicultural education is a progressive approach for transforming education that critiques and corrects color-blind and discriminatory curriculum, practices, and policies in education” (p.61). Throughout this course I have strengthened my knowledge on diverse learners and am now better equipped to consider myself a multicultural teacher. benefit myself as an educator and my students. I now know how to better meet the needs of diverse learners in my instruction through culturally relevant and meaningful curriculum. My new insights on multicultural education will also benefit the non-diverse students in my classroom by exposing them to other cultures and preparing them to become an active, socially aware community member. New Strategies for Curriculum and InstructionThe achievement cycle is used to connect the standards, the curriculum and the classroominstruction to create an authentic learning experience for students. This cycle can be used to ensure that there is alignment between what is taught and what is assessed. I plan to include more authentic learning experiences in my instructions because I feel that this type of learning is more meaningful and motivating to students. By using more authentic learning in my classroom,it will encourage problem solving and connect the curriculum to real life situations. The backward design model can help me to align my lesson plans to the Common Core and state standards. Wiggins and McTighe (as cited by Graff, 2011) suggested that often teachers “favored either disconnected coverage of material or hands-on activities that leave open questions about what students learn from the activities” (p.155). The backwards design can help me to avoid this by starting with what I expect students to be able to do at the end and aligning
REFLECTION ON LEARNING 3my curriculum to the final assessment piece. I found the curriculum evaluation to be a useful tool that will lead to a stronger curriculum and instruction for my students. I found it beneficial to discover where my district’s curriculum was lacking because this will allow me to fill in those gaps in instruction. Throughout my research in this course, I have found numerous accounts on the importance of culturally and socially relevant materials and exposure to different cultures. Ford (2014) stated that multicultural education is focused on the “ideals of social justice and equity, critical pedagogy, and a dedication to providing educational experiences in which all students reach their full potentials as socially and culturally aware and responsive citizens” (p.61). I plan to implement these changes to our curriculum to prepare my students as the future problem solvers of society. By acknowledging these social issues in the classroom, students are aware of them and can better learn how they can solve these issues in thereal world.