December 1, 2014
This seminar has opened my eyes and mind to how important it is for students to interact and to be involved in other students’ cultures. There are ten ideas that has enhanced my knowledge and disposition. The first idea is epals. I was first introduced to this during this course. I was able to interact with students from all over the world on topics that interested them and myself. The second idea is comparing school systems. I found that school across the world teach students very differently. I personally did my project on China’s school system and their students are required to attend school much longer than students in the U.S. The third idea is social barometers. I had no idea what this was up until this class. This deals with social behaviors and norms in a social situation. The fourth idea is what makes a school effective. Throughout the course we went through multiple ways of how we as teachers can make school effective for our students. The fifth idea is the importance of multiple intelligences. Teachers need to be aware of multiple intelligences to provide the best possible learning for their students. The sixth idea is making accommodations. The seventh idea is making a culture night. I believe teachers should incorporate their students’ cultures in the classroom. A good idea is having a culture night. During this time parents can bring in information or a favorite dish from the culture and share it with the rest of the class and their parents. The eighth idea is cooperation. This cooperation is between multiple people including teachers, parents, students, faculty and staff. Everyone involved in the student’s education should be on the same page and cooperate with one another in order for the student to receive the best possible education. The ninth idea is that it is important for teachers to know and understand their students. As teachers it is our job to provide the best possible education for our students and to do so we need to understand how our students learn. This being said students learn in many different ways. We need to be able to adapt to our situations and change our teaching styles so that they fit to our students’ needs. The tenth idea is inclusion. Inclusion deals with having all students in the same classroom no matter their learning styles. In order for this to work, the teacher and paraprofessionals need to be on the same page and work together. Some students may require extra attention and assistance during lessons. These paraprofessionals are there to help. Having all the students in one learning environment creates a sense of inviting and welcoming for all the students. Five memorable readings that I will take away from this class are “The Vilis Tokples Schools of Papua New Guinea”, “Language Diversity and Learning”, “Teaching the Hard of Head”, “Cross-cultural confusions in teacher assessment” and “Hello, Grandfather”. All of these readings came from our text, “Other People’s Children” by Lisa Delpit.