Principle H1 states that teaching candidates are to honor student diversity and development . In my opinion, there are several ways in which a teacher can honor student diversity and development and even more recognize their individuality . In my classroom, I have had the opportunity honor student’s growth by tailoring assignments to best fit specific students. In addition to accommodating and modifying assignments for students with 504’s, IEP’s, and those who are English Language Learners, I have adjusted assignments to fit student’s religious practices, phobias, and interests. For example, one of my students is a Muslim. She has been told that she is not allowed to create anything with a face because it is considered to be making an idol. When this student first approached me, she was very embarrassed and shy because she believed that she would be making an inconvenience for me . I let her know that it was not an inconvenience and we both found a project that satisfied the GLE’s that would be addressed in her peer’s projects (See Example Below) . By keeping her included in the project, she feels validated by me and therefore important. I think that as teachers, it is important we recognize student’s differences and do not ignore areas of their life that are impacted by our instruction. In an article written by Sylvia Hurtado, she addresses linking diversity and educational purpose in the classroom and how it affects student development.
“The weight of empirical evidence shows that the actual effects on student development of emphasizing diversity and of student participation in diversity activities are overwhelmingly positive … there are many developmental benefits that accrue to students when institutions encourage and support an emphasis on multiculturalism and diversity” (Hurtado 2001).
This information reassures and reaffirms the importance to being inclusive and aware in the classroom of diversity. To set this up in a classroom, it is important that you get to know your students personally. Ways that I do this is paying attention to sport uniforms, asking students about their weekend plans, or if they have siblings. By showing this appropriate special attention to students, they know that you value them for more than just brains to dump information into . This is one of the biggest ways that I can honor diversity and development. By taking the time to talk to my students, I learn things about them that otherwise people may not know about .
Bottle Nose Dolphin
Student taught herself to throw bowls on the wheel.
I graded her on symmetry, uniformity, and overall composition for her nesting bowls
Hurtado, S. (2001). Linking Diversity and Educational Purpose: How Diversity Affects the Classroom Environment and Student Development.Diversity Challenged: Evidence on the Impact of Affirmative Action (). Cambridge: Harvard Education Publishing Group.