The thirteenth common belief states that talking

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The thirteenth common belief states that talking about race with colleagues could open a can of worms. The question to consider asked why is it important to openly discuss issues that are seen as having racial dimensions? I have had a few professional development opportunities that focused on diversity and racial experiences. As a minority amongst my colleagues, I have to admit that it has been uncomfortable. I will acknowledge that even though it can be unsettling and uncomfortable, it is important that these discussions happen. For when we are actively learning and becoming more aware, we can change for the better and for our students. Race, ethnicity, and culture are important within teaching. It needs to be valued, respected, and incorporated within our students’ learning. Eftimie states that it is important to promote the cultural differences, because it supports children learning environment providing a sense of security (2016). As the cultures of my students are accepted and valued, it can help my students have a sense of belonging and acceptance. A positive safe learning environment supports my students to be ready to learn. Another common belief that was important to me is focusing on my colleagues and the discussions of race. Buchanan explains that it’s important for teachers to be aware of their cultural understanding as the study exposed that some teachers were
Common Beliefs 4 closed minded because of the influences in their life such as experiences, friends, and family (2015). While it may seem easier to avoid the racial discussions, there is much progress and positive growth that come from these experiences. As educators become more aware of their own biases and thoughts, they will be able to be more mindful within their teaching. Socioeconomic Status, Immigrant Status, Linguistic The second common belief states that the gap in achievement among students of different races is about poverty, not race. It may be simple to look at certain numbers and create assumptions based on the numbers or data provided. However, there are more aspects than what we can see on graphs which lead me to consider the question of what can be done to dismantle racial bias and misconceptions in the American educational system? Common belief five refers to the lack of parental support and how it impacts student learning. While we cannot force the important parent involvement, we can do our best to encourage parents to be more involved. How can educators and encourage the involvement of families is the question to consider. With the different home situations and different languages, it is important to think of the different ways to reach to all families. The sixth common belief is that it is unfair to ask students who struggle with English to take on challenging academic assignments. When the task is deemed to be challenging, it is important to consider the supports that educators put in place to help our students. How can teachers both view and utilize students’ home language in a positive manner? I have a handful of

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