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1 Reflecting on Common Beliefs Brandi Patterson Master of Science in Education, Walden University EDUC 6650: Enhancing Learning for Diverse Populations Amy Summers August 2, 2020
2 Reflecting on Common Beliefs Students enter our classrooms with unique backgrounds, different learning levels, and needs. Teachers must be aware of the diversity that is represented in our class. We must create a learning environment that acknowledges the differences between each student and support their learning needs (Laureate Education, 2016). Before teachers can create this environment, we must be aware of and address the biases that we have. An accomplished teacher is mindful of their biases, prejudices, and social inequalities that may affect teaching (Laureate Education, 2016). Reviewing case studies has provided me the opportunity to reflect on my beliefs and how my beliefs affect my teaching. In this assignment, I will discuss institutionalized racism and how it affects student education. I will also reflect on my personal beliefs according to the Common Belief Survey ( see appendix ) and how my understanding of diversity has deepened. Module 2 Race, Ethnicity, Culture, and Learning As classrooms become more diverse, teachers must become aware of students' culture and ethnicity. Understanding their race and ethnicity provides insight into their beliefs and learning. Teachers can use this information to connect instruction to student's experiences and make learning culturally relevant and meaningful (Laureate Education, 2016). In this module, I reflected on my beliefs about culture and the role it plays in the classroom. Why is it essential to incorporate students' identities into the curriculum (Walden University, n.d.)? I chose to reflect on this question because I have been taught to include students' identities in the curriculum. However, I have never considered why it is essential. Our identity is the very core of who we are as humans, and t eachers must recognize the role culture plays in learning and rectify any personal biases they may have about students' cultures. In my opinion, it is crucial to know my students' family dynamics, views on education, and everyday
3 experiences. This information allows me to tap into my students' interest and engage them in learning. It also helps me develop a relationship with them and show them that I value who they are. Teachers can include their students' interests into the curriculum by making real-world connections to the curriculum, differentiating instruction, providing opportunities for students to collaborate, and integrating current events (Winter-Hoyte et al., 2019) . After reading the common beliefs and deeply reflecting on the current situation of our school, I must get to know my students as quickly as possible. Our school will be one hundred percent virtual. When participating in virtual learning, teachers can assume that students are unmotivated, lazy, or disengaged. Making these assumptions can affect how a teacher interacts with the students.

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