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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

7 DIVERSE Teaching Skills & Believing

Cross-posted from Amanda Caloia on Sound Mind Sound Body: 7 DIVERSE Teaching Skills: "
Creating a climate that honors and celebrates your students diversity is a key to success with a diverse group of students. There are 7 teaching skills to help students feel safe, have their unique needs and interests recognized, and are part of a classroom discourse. Just remember DIVERSE promotes equality and good teaching!
Diverse instructional materials: Be sure that all parts of the world and it's diverse thoughts, views and people are woven into the curriculum.
Inclusive: Provide opportunities for every student to participate in classroom activities and discussions including shy or quiet students.
Variety: Use different styles of teaching to allow for all the different types of learners to be successfull.
Exploration: Encourage your students open up their minds to explore and experience or learn about other cultures and beliefs.
Reaction: All students can learn from their questions when they are given effective feedback. Teachers can make sure they give effective feedback through patience, encouragement and high expectations.
Safety: Any offensive comments and physical or verbal bullying should be stopped immediately because without safety and security, little learning is possible.
Evaluation: Consider a wide variety of evaluation strategies to assess the unique strengths of your individual students.
Don't ever stop believing that you can make a difference.  You can with resolve, a solid plan and a commitment to do whatever it takes for your students.  Think of how many times it took the following college student - same age as you - to perform and produce the following song.  The different musical instruments, the vocal arrangements, lyrics, harmonies, editing and producing.  An amazing amount of effort to say the least. With nearly 100 million views across various performances, do you think they've stopped following their passion. The lead singer(s) Sam Tsui (and musician/producer friend Kurt) isn't even a music major yet he's been featured on national television shows as has a devoted following all because he pursued his passion. He's been on Oprah, Ellen, Bonnie Hunt, and much more. What are you willing to do and how long will you want to do it while others doubt you and goals?
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