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Better Multicultural Classroom Strategies in the Classroom

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Alexa Landrus

on 6 October 2012

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Transcript of Better Multicultural Classroom Strategies in the Classroom

Multicultural Better Teaching in Increasingly
Multicultural Classrooms in Higher Ed Looking at strategies to meet the needs of learners from diverse cultures Narrower view of multicultural
Fewer learning challenged
Fewer physically challenged
Less diverse classes overall The Past The Present Many different cultures and nationalities in classes
More learners with physical limitations, learning limitations with and without translators or other support in classrooms Adapting for Immediate Future Developing more multicultural-friendly syllabi
Developing more multicultural activities and assessments
Instructional skills to match our changing classroom demographics The Quick Fix in Academia A Bit of Back Story Academia often add more internationally friendly courses to programs to be more globalized
For example: Adding an International Business course or overseas study programs
The Challenge: How to diversify existing courses/instructors Best Practices Review Comfortable and warm environment
Pairing students from different backgrounds- different cultures and learning styles
Adjust activities depending on dominant cultural backgrounds
Activities showing appreciation of differences, avoiding stereotypes.
For example: A teacher shouldn't assume that a Latino looking student grew up in Latino culture and knows about it Any of these websites can be used in discussions, group work and assessments For Example World People's Summit on Climate Change Provides different country viewpoints on
climate change Bias in Media Great activity for Many Different Class Levels:
Look at how news is reported differently on the same global topic
Look at 3 types of sources on a global issue (i.e. BBC, Salon.com and The New York Times) US and Another Country on Various Issues The International
Economic Crisis Global Warming 1. Analyze contrasting perspectives on different global and multicultural trends/issues in assignments and class discussions.

2. Incorporate more Web sites for sources of information relating to global or multicultural trends and issues.

3. Compare and contrast trends and issues that are most relevant for learners from minority and ethnic communities in class discussions and assessments.

4. Examine ideas to incorporate relevant global and multicultural trends and issues into curriculum. BETTER WEBSITES, MEDIA CLIPS, REVISING ASSIGNMENT TOPICS Best Practices: Syllabus Revision What does the syllabus of your course look like? Thinking about how you can revise course content in existing course... Identify international and multicultural dimensions of topics... The "Old Standard" Syllabus Most Syllabi Include: Fairly generic introduction, purpose and background
Rather non-diversity oriented goals often
Rather non-multicultural objectives often
Generic syllabus using non-multicultural assessment topics and grading criteria COMPARISON OF "BEFORE" AND "AFTER"
MULTICULTURAL SYLLABUS Before After Refer to handout HAND OUT #2 Our culture is the lens through which we view the world -
In better understanding our cultural lens, we may better
realize the importance of honoring cultures of
students in our classrooms Our Cultural Lens Nearly 40% of U.S. citizens are members of racial and ethnic minorities
Nearly 10 million children come from homes where a language other than English is spoken
The language minority population will soon outnumber the English-speaking population in more than 50 major cities in the United States
Review of Our Cultural Lens Introduction
Texts and Websites
Topic Descriptions So What's DIFFERENT in BEFORE and AFTER? lalandrus@aol.com STAY IN TOUCH!!! Adjunct at Montgomery College, Stevenson University and UMUC presently
Owner of a chubby white cat
Hope you enjoyed the presentation! HAND OUT #1 WEBSITES AND HOW
TO USE THEM Start a class discussion with a clip like this and ask impressions, talk about stereotypes, concerns, goals, etc. YOU CAN.... Think about it like this - Live in the world they are in - visual, tech. If it leads to the reading and writing, and better discussion, then you accomplished your goal! Hand Out #3-4 If time - Share how you plan to change your:
Communication Style
Avoid Stereotypes
Use More Differentiated Instruction Questions??? The Luckiest Nut
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