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Diversity Teaching | Cultural Understanding

Photo Credit by CGehlen

Photo Credit by CGehlen

“If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him.” John Fitzgerald Kennedy

Stressed Out K – 12 Education Series 4.1

Does It Make Sense?

Many of the post I write on Asphalt Check are inspired from ideas of being able to solve classroom management problems in teaching environments that seem to work against all efforts to achieve. You simply want each student on your roster to make the grade and have fun doing it. Right?

The reality of teaching a diverse student body is that you have to genuinely believe in each student being able to achieve the American Dream. Believing in your students, or someone else’s for that matter, requires having an on going sense of cultural understanding.

Understanding Your Students

Being able to solve your classroom management problems could very well begin with understanding your student’s culture. It doesn’t matter if he or she ever reaches the world’s standards of success after graduating from your class. What’s most important for your success is having high expectations and belief systems that support your goal to provide an undeniable service.

Whose Pie Is It?

Even if we began our careers believing we could make a difference in the lives of students that are often over looked, time evolves and rigor sets in. Then we stop dreaming change is possible and we start buying into the idea of it being easier to blame administration, parents, students, and whomever else we can latch onto for comfort. Think of your students as people in a struggle to bite into their slice of American Pie that might just be graham cracker crusted key lime or mango instead of apple.

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