The Importance of Diversity Within The Classroom



Blog By: Denny Price


When we think about diversity our mind goes straight to race. Even though diversity does involve race it encompasses much more than that. Diversity can also refer to other things like gender, socioeconomic status, ethnicity, language and religion. Everyone has a unique set of experiences and comes from various backgrounds. These things should be shared with those around them in a positive and supportive environment. School is a great place to start having these conversations.


Promoting a diverse environment within the classrooms and within schools as a whole can be very beneficial for not only the students but for teachers, administrators and parents.



Ways To Promote Diversity Within Classrooms


Promoting diversity in the classroom is definitely easier said than done but it is very possible.


One way to do this is by diversifying the curriculum that is being taught . This can be done in the form of adding certain books to the reading list or introducing certain topics on people, places, celebrations, etc that may relate to some of the students in the classroom. It gives the students a chance to learn more about different cultures. They can also compare and find similarities between themselves and others.


Another way to promote diversity within the classroom is to give students the opportunity to share their unique experiences, perspectives and cultures using class projects, class discussions, etc.


One example of this is letting students create a project about their family. They could talk about the people in their family, any family traditions they have, and things that they like to do with their families. Students are able to give a glimpse to their classmates and teachers of what their family is like.


Another great example of this is having open discussion on topics that students choose. This gives students the opportunity to share their thoughts and feelings. Also it allows students to hear things from different perspectives and helps them think about these topics in a different way than they had before.


It is also important for teachers to participate in these projects and discussions. Having the teacher who is the leader of the classroom open up helps aid in the students being more confident and willing to participate in these discussions.


Doing this also allows students to have a chance to learn more about their classmates and teachers.


This also is a great opportunity for teachers to gain a better understanding of their students and allows them to find ways to connect with and create a better teacher, student relationship.


Implementing these things helps create a classroom environment where students feel safe and more eager to learn more. This is also a great way to show students that even though we are all different we all have something great to bring to the table.










Ways To Promote Diversity Within Schools


Creating a diverse environment is not only something that should be done in the classroom but within schools as a whole. Doing things like hosting events, sharing information, and overall supporting special occasions throughout the year like Black History Month, Hispanic Heritage Month, International Women’s Day, etc. is a great way for schools to shed light on the diverse backgrounds and experiences of their students. It is also a great opportunity to allow other students that may now be familiar with these special occasions to learn more about them and why they are important to some of their classmates.


Finding ways to also promote diversity amongst teachers and other staff within the school is also a great step to take. Offering different trainings and having open discussion with school staff about diversity and its importance can help build a better understanding and appreciation amongst the staff.


This also can be done with the parents. Having town hall meetings and allowing parents to come and discuss certain topics helps the school understand students and their families better.


Schools taking the time to do these things creates a loving, safe, and supportive environment within the culture of the school.



Representation


Representation is another great way to help promote diversity in schools. Having posters around the school or on the schools website representing a variety of students from all different backgrounds is a great way for students to see themselves. This lets them know that their school sees them.


This can also be done within individual classrooms. Teachers can have different items hanging around the classroom that represent each child in a way. Or teachers can allow students to decorate their desk in a way that represents them. This helps students feel like they are really a part of the classroom.


Having a diverse staff is also another good form of representation. Having teachers and other staff members that look like or have some of the same cultural backgrounds as the students is a great thing to have. It allows students to see themselves in their teachers, principals,counselors, etc. It helps them feel like they have someone that understands them and can advocate for them.


Representation is a huge part of promoting diversity within schools.


Benefits Of Diversity In Schools


Being in a diverse environment comes with many different benefits.


One big one being that it helps students feel like they are heard and that they matter. This helps create a confidence in students to not be ashamed of who they are.


Being in a diverse environment also helps students prepare to enter into the world and the workforce where they will be working alongside others from diverse backgrounds. When people have a better understanding and can accept and appreciate the differences that everyone brings it helps create a better environment for everyone.



The Future


Having these conversations about promoting diversity within the classroom and in schools as a whole is very important to the future of Education. Diversity being one of the most important focuses within schools helps better the overall environment and relationships amongst students, teachers, administrators, and parents.


The more these conversations are had the more progress can be made







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