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Diversity Project Tim ReedWalden UniversityMARYANN LEONARDEDUC 6616 Enhance Learning for Diverse PopulationApril 18, 2020
ReflectionDiversity is acknowledging the differences in everyone and knowing that each person is exceptional (Definition for Diversity, n.d.). The world is full of diverse cultures that are connected today due to the ease of travel and global job opportunities. An essential question in any community is how to recognize diversity? Why are specific groups diverse? Since I have been living in Qatar for a year and a half, I have learned a lot about the diversity that this countryhas living and working in it. There are people from almost every part of the world that travel to Qatar for an opportunity for work. As I think about diversity and expanding my knowledge of the different cultures, I have a lot to learn while staying non-bias. While I have been substitute teaching and student teaching in ACS Doha, I have observedso many different cultures within the school classrooms. Even though the school is in the country of Qatar, there are only a small amount of local Qatari students that attend. The Walden University Diversity Proficiencies explains that it is essential for teachers with diverse students to have professional qualities which include: being aware of yourself, being considerate to the student, having an inviting learning environment, preparation, instruction and assessment, and professional preparation (RWRCOEL). These proficiencies will help me to recognize the diversities in my classes and the community. Being prior military, I have learned skills to control my biases and work well in a diversified environment. I can now use those skills to recognize the differences in students and give them the help they need to be successful. Dee & Gershenson explains how thought patterns that teachers are not consciously thinking about can have an impact on their choice, which is known as unconscious bias (Dee, T., & Gershenson, S., 2017). I need to make sure that I self reflect on my decisions with how I teach and react around students, so I don't show bias without
realizing it. One way that I will practice non-bias is, if a student is having a problem with the English language, I can give them extra help with explaining directions and class lessons. Another way that I will practice non-bias is, when a student is not understood by the class, I can educate the class about that students' cultural differences. Since I have not started teaching in a classroom of my own, I have not been able to practice collaboration for positive social change. I do look forward to collaborating with other faculty members, the administration, and families of students to ensure that equity is present in the educational practices at school. According to Streitmatter, "if teachers believe that boys and girls have different innately determined ways of thinking and learning, they may develop gender-differentiated teaching practices" (1994, p. 3). I need to self reflect on my day to day teaching and ensure that I remain equal with boys and girls to guarantee equity in my classroom.