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  1. 1. Chapter 7-Assessing Your Culture & Chapter 8 – Valuing Diversity Mary Ramos Sandra Barrios Angela Kerbel
  2. 2. Chapter 7- Assessing Your Culture <ul><li>“ To teach students we are serious about intellectual standards, we must always assess their ability to see limits of what is learned; they need to have the chance to punch holes in our own or the textbook’s presentation. They have the right to demand justification of our point of view. That is what… sends the right moral message: we are both students and teacher.” </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Grant P. Wiggins </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Getting Centered <ul><li>What is your own learning style? </li></ul><ul><li>Under what circumstances do you learn best? </li></ul><ul><li>How do you respond as a learner when you are asked to do the same task, in the same way, within the same time period, using the same materials as other members of the group? </li></ul>
  4. 4. The Essential Elements <ul><li>Each element provides a standard for teaching and learning </li></ul><ul><li>Assessing Culture </li></ul><ul><li>Ex) Howard Gardner- “. . . No two learners, or groups of learners, process information in the same way.” </li></ul><ul><li>Our task-How do learners learn best? </li></ul><ul><li>The process to find out is assessment </li></ul>
  5. 5. Learning Styles and Culturally Proficient Instruction <ul><li>To be aware is to know yourself and your own learning style and to be sensitive to the learning styles of your students. </li></ul><ul><li>Encourages an “inside out” approach to diversity. </li></ul><ul><li>Awareness that each learner is unique. </li></ul><ul><li>Question: Do you recall an experience when learners reacted negatively to you as an instructor? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>(was it you? The lesson? Or the context of learning?) </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Culture? <ul><li>Assessing Culture </li></ul><ul><li>What is your own culture? </li></ul><ul><li>Discuss who you are? Your name? </li></ul><ul><li>Your own family history? </li></ul><ul><li>Assessing Organizational Culture </li></ul><ul><li>What is the organizational structure of where we teach in terms of culture? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you feel that there is a common/shared belief? </li></ul><ul><li>Fair belief? </li></ul>
  7. 7. Going Deeper <ul><li>Reflect on who you are and your beliefs and how that shapes the direct environment that you interact in? </li></ul><ul><li>Are there areas that you want to improve upon? </li></ul>
  8. 8. Chapter 8- Valuing Diversity <ul><li>“ America is the most diverse country in the world. How are we dealing with it?... Standardization!!!” Paul D. Houston </li></ul>
  9. 9. Getting Centered <ul><li>Think of your closest friends. </li></ul><ul><li>List their names on paper. </li></ul><ul><li>Now think about what it is you like about them. What do they have in common that you like? </li></ul><ul><li>What are their unique characteristics they possess? </li></ul><ul><li>As you think about these characteristics, what does this tell you about what you value in friendships? </li></ul>
  10. 10. An Intentional Act <ul><li>To value diversity is to be clear about what you and your organization perceive to be important </li></ul><ul><li>Do not determine an organizations values based on mission statements </li></ul><ul><li>Observe the culture of the environment, the behavior of employees and practices of the organization </li></ul><ul><li>Values are reflected in what one says or does. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Reflection <ul><li>Have you ever been in a situation in which a new employee entered your organization and you wondered whether she/he was an affirmative action hire? </li></ul><ul><li>Have you been in a situation in which one person spoke limited English and those around her or him spoke more loudly so the person could understand? </li></ul><ul><li>Have you ever been in a situation in which you felt uncomfortable because you were noticeably different from other is group? </li></ul>
  12. 12. A Sign of Respect <ul><li>Respect the learner and encourage them to show respect to one another </li></ul><ul><li>Treat learners in ways that learners perceive as respectful </li></ul><ul><li>Use a different criterion for respect than you would for yourself and explaining the difference to the learners </li></ul><ul><li>Personal Experiences? </li></ul>
  13. 13. Collaboration <ul><li>You show that you value the input and concerns of all stakeholders in your instructional setting. </li></ul><ul><li>You recognize the value in considering more than one option. </li></ul><ul><li>You establish a precedent for supporting more than one approach to reaching a goal. </li></ul><ul><li>Continuously monitor your learners progress as a guide to your teaching. </li></ul><ul><li>Organize instruction to help the learners become a community of learners . </li></ul>
  14. 14. A Test in Stressful Times <ul><li>In times of stress people put less value on diversity </li></ul><ul><li>Stressors and crises can also lead to hysteria in the classroom </li></ul><ul><li>At times of crisis, instructors recognize the tendency to devalue diversity </li></ul><ul><li>In anticipation of such tendencies, instructors help learners to know one another in personal ways that transcend, yet value, cultural differences </li></ul>
  15. 15. Valuing Differences <ul><li>Noticing, appreciating, and respecting differences is fundamental to valuing diversity </li></ul><ul><li>Recognize that each culture finds some values more important than others </li></ul><ul><li>As an instructor, you know that some learners value getting the right answer and others want to know how the answer was derived </li></ul><ul><li>Some learners prefer to work alone and others prefer to work in pairs or in groups </li></ul>
  16. 16. Going Deeper Chapters 7 & 8 <ul><li>Activity: </li></ul><ul><li>Game </li></ul><ul><li>“ I have who, who has…” </li></ul>