EDU 280 Diversity Statement In this course we explore how to use curricular experiences to expose children to culture , diversity , and anti-bias perspectives . As teachers, it is important that we use our understanding of individual differences, diverse cultures and communities to construct inclusive learning environments that allow learners to reach their full potential. This is one of the goals of the Common Core Teacher Standards. Using materials from the course, readings, and your own experience, write an educational philosophy statement focusing on culture and diversity . With the increasing level of diversity and multiculturalism in society, it is crucial to explore your views and perspectives and how your evolving philosophy will shape your classroom practices. This is a personal statement about your evolving educational beliefs about culture, diversity and anti-bias perspectives. Areas to be addressed in your essay include the following: 1. Chose a quote about diversity which shows what you aspire for as a teacher. Discuss why you chose the quote and what it says about how you view culture, diversity, and anti- bias perspectives in the classroom. “I am different, not less” (Temple Grandin). I have always grown up with the quote in my household. My older brother has autism, and has always struggled in the community and school setting because of people looking down on himself. My mother would always make us repeat this quote back to her, as a way to motivate ourselves and remind us that being different is not a bad thing. Differences bring out insecurities. More so, people today get uncomfortable around those who are different from them.
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- Spring '20