Creating curriculum to meet the needs of a diverse population
Goals Define the vocabulary of diversity Creating a classroom culture of success Share curriculum resources Experience culture shock Wrapping Up
Vocabulary of Diversity In small groups define the following: Race Culture Ethnicity Anti-Bias
Goal #1 Vocabulary Race – Refers to a person’s skin color, hair color,and size and shape of one’s features Skin color is determined by the amount ofmelanin in a person’s skin, which is a result ofancestry and their location to the sun. Culture – What’s on the inside of a person Holidays Religion Family Values Ethnicity – Where someone is fromgeographically
Commonly Used Terms Middle Eastern Arabic Chaldean African American Black American European American
Reflection Question How do I treat the students in my classroomof various race, cultures, and ethnicities?
Racial Makeup of the US 77% of Americans are white Midwest has the highest proportion of whitepeople to other racial groups One-fifth of the population is foreign-born orhas a parent who is foreign-born 96% of child care centers care for childrenfrom diverse racial groups. 80% care for children from other languagegroups
Changing Population 64% of school children are white. By 2020 children of color will make up themajority of school children 22% of all immigrants are under 25 87% of all teachers are white middle agedfemales
Institutional Racism Occurs when they are unequal outcomes forchildren of the same age from different groups At 6 months children notice skin color Doll Experiment Children of color who had direct experience withwithin the white community tended to prefer whitedolls rather than dolls with brown skin. By age 7 children tend to demonstrate morepositive attitudes towards children of their ownrace. White children tend to have negativeattitudes about children from other races.
Goal #2 – Creating a Cultureof SuccessReflection Question How do I treat the students in my classroomof various race, cultures, and ethnicities?
Diversity Best Practices Focus on an Anti-Bias approach Focus on the cultures represented by thechildren in your classroom Avoid a tourist approach Invite parents and grandparents to share Bring in food and include cultural artifacts Anti-Bias Materials Classroom Checklist
Goal #3 – Classroom Activities Books – Book List Roots and Wings Curriculum Cards Teaching Tolerance website and materials Anti-Bias Classroom Materials
Goal #3 – Your turn Working in small groups come up with alesson plan for promoting anti-bias