Teaching Diverse Learners

Everyone knows that if you build a website you can really only do so much. As long as practices remain the same, then websites do not really effect much change at all. One of the most important points to remember in promoting anything is to begin early, influence people at a time that they are easiest to influence. And there is no better time to do that than in childhood, and one of the best avenues is in the classroom. Hence, it would be best to promote multiculturalism in teaching methods.

First, it’s important to be open and to be non-judgmental.

 You have to understand, as a teacher, that your perspective is not the only one there is. You have to accept that ‘right’ doesn’t necessarily mean your way, precisely because you may have students who have been brought up differently. As such, they may very well have a different way of seeing and understanding things, and this doesn’t necessarily mean that they are wrong.

Second, learn to embrace language differences in the classroom.

 In not requiring that everyone speak in the same language as you is to give your students the idea that there is not just one language by which you can describe and understand the world. Indeed, there are many ways of speaking about the world, and the key is to embrace them all.

Third, you can also build a multicultural library in your classroom.

 As teacher, you can fill the library with varied readings from all over the world, and you can even ask your students to contribute to the library. By this you can turn the promotion of multiculturalism into a symbolic and meaningful activity by asking them to learn about one another through their culture’s literature.

Fourth, you can also hold various activities that celebrate differences.

You can substitute the usual ‘free play’ schedule into exciting food fairs, where the students can enjoy a sumptuous multicultural feast. Or you can have Show and Tell sessions where students can bring significant things from their culture and tell the class about them. The twist will be, you have to bring your own stuff, too.

So start them early. Bring mutliculturalism to the very heart of your classroom, and not just to your website visitors.