Socioeconomic status (SES): an individual's or family's economic and social position in relation to others, based on income, education, and occupation. This has changed the way that I am going to teach because some child will think the deserve more because of who or what their parents do. I will do my best to give each student a equal chance to succeed and do their best. I want every student to have the same resources.
Poverty and language: the different types of speak due to the SES the family is in. This has changed the way I will teach because I want to do my best to better the chances of a student moving in the world rather than staying in the same cycle. The different types of speak are important to learn and pick up on. So that students lower SES can get the same opportunity.
Hidden rules: rules that are not spoken but we are expected to know. This has changed the way that I will teach because I think it is important that if a child breaks this rule and is tossed to the side by their fellow student to help them to unbreak these hidden rules. I believe that there are hidden rules not only school but in society. I think this will help me to better understand my students and help to better understand the rules.
Critical terms/concepts/experiences I found the most valuable?
Of all the concepts I believe the ones that I find most valuable are the ones about non-verbal communication and the hidden curriculum. Think these are incredible important because non-verbal communication is more important that what we say. Body language can say more than words; It can show true feelings towards people. Greeting is important because it can portray dislike or that you like a student more than others. I think hidden curriculum is also really important because I think that individualism and uniqueness is really important for students to understand. We learn differently and we have our own strengths; and teaching kids to be the same takes that away.
My identity influence my approach to teaching
Being a white woman and growing up in an area with little diversity, I think I will approach teaching with an open mindset because I have traveled to different places and experienced moving to a new place. Having a variety of friends from different places, religions, and countries has help me to realize that people are different and that everyone deserves to learn. I think the bias trap that I have to understand is that not all children want to learn or be there. I have to understand that to get through to them I have to make my class a space for them to feel safe. Another bias that I think I have is that just because a child’s parents do not understand that value in education that the student won’t. I want to be able to approach teaching with an open mind and with an open heart to all student.
I think a few of the questions I still have are:
1. How do you do holidays, do you have to forget about celebration or do you celebrate every ones holidays?
2. How can you set up a PE classroom and show multiculturalism. When your classroom is essentially a gym?
3. How can you connect to all student when we all have different life experiences and come from different family life styles?
Where students come from and the way they grow up influences them as people. When looking a student and their culture we as educators need to realize that culture is not just geographical; it can be your sexual orientation, your gender and your religion. All of these come into perspective when looking at your classroom and your students.
What has change my thoughts on my role as a teacher/multicultural educator
I Think the concepts and ideas that have really changed my views are the ones about gender and sexual orientation. This is a big culture on its own, and for someone who just understand the scholar side of it learning about how it effects student life, really made me look at how i could better approach teaching. After we did the PAT activity in class my eyes were opened more. Learning that there are children out there that are truly not excepted by anyone and commit suicide. As a person who wants to be an educator in high school, I want to be able to have a good relationship with my students that if they have no one to talk to they know that they always have a safe place to come. I want my classroom to be safe place. My role is to help students learn and become better equipped for the real world, but my role is so much more. My role is to help student feel safe, comfortable, learn and find where they want to be.
Concepts that have changed my views