2Activity Log Reflective EssayDuring these past few weeks, I was given the opportunity to research and reflect on some common beliefs withing the field of education. Those common beliefs explored some of the mostcontroversial topics including diversity, student achievement, learning styles, and poverty. Through my reflections, I began to recognize immediate strengths and weakness that I practice daily in my classroom. With this activity, I can now begin to plan strategies for how to better meet the needs of my students. This essay reflects on evidence for what I have learned while completing this assignment. ReflectionWhile completing this assignment, I reviewed several common beliefs from Teaching Tolerance that focused on different topics in education. With each of those common beliefs, I was given questions to consider, which prompted me to dig deeper into my personal beliefs in the field. In total there were thirteen common beliefs, and the questions I chose to consider are below.Questions to Consider.In module two, the topic was Race, Ethnicity, Culture, and Learning. The questions I chose to consider are listed below:What happens when teachers do not validate their students’ racial and ethnic identities? 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?
3How 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?I chose each of these questions because they struck a chord with me being a minority teacher within my school. To be an adult and have your racial and ethnic identity minimized can be a very traumatizing experience. To be a child with this same experience, means that those children will grow up believing every negative aspect society has created about them. It is my goal as an educator to be sure that my each of my students feel validated within their racial and ethnic identities. In module three the topic was Socioeconomic Status, Immigrant Status, Linguistic Diversity, and Learning. The questions I chose to consider are as follows: How do school-based policies and practices reflect institutional racism? 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?