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Activity Log: Common Beliefs Survey and Activity Log ReflectionMegan HippertWalden UniversityDr. Amy SummersEDUC 6650: Enhancing Learning for Diverse PopulationsFebruary 8, 2020
Page 1of 11Activity Log ReflectionIntroductionBiases are in our everyday lives, some we are aware of, and we were taught to create blindness willfully. The Common Belief Survey (Teaching Tolerance: A Project of the Southern Poverty Law Center, 2016) was made to give scenarios to explore what the initial reaction wouldbe and to provide a clear understanding of what the reader’s real thoughts are. The scenarios were focused on student learning in these different backgrounds: diverse abilities and socioeconomic status, immigrant Status, linguistic diversity, and race, ethnicity, and culture.Thencomparing the information collected by the initial reaction to the Common Belief Background (Teaching Tolerance: A Project of the Southern Poverty Law Center, 2016) to analyze where biases lie and research the proven what to procced. There were a series of questions that followedeach scenario, in which I answered with peer review resources. Finally, I will explain how I use this information to support my practices in my classroom. Diverse AbilitiesFirst, I will focus on the diverse abilities and learning questions that were posed. Question seven was, what do teachers need to know when raising their expectations for students who are not confident in their abilities. In my research, I found out that differentiation is the key to raising expectations without overwhelming and discouraging the student. This research gave my existing belief of creating a high expectation for all students more validity and more resources to use in my classroom. Question eight asked about strategies an educator use to build a student’s capacity. I chose this question to find researched methods on different means of representation. This is proven and successful in my classroom when letters, symbols, pictures,
Page 2of 11verbal, and many more different ways are followed; the student can synthesize the information successfully. Then following that is the question in ten that asks how an educator is going to enact these strategies. There is a simple answer, collaborative learning. In my classroom, with very extensive planning and classroom management, I have seen all of the students enhance theirlearning of very abstract concepts. Question eleven is interested in finding ways to add higher-order thinking to basic skills. In mathematics, I see this quite often. My class needs to focus on accurately solving addition and subtracting equation, but it needs to be more complex to help them understand the fundamentals of the symbols. Mathematical tasks are implemented in my lesson to give the basic skill a higher level of thought.