InTASC Model Core Teaching Standard #2: Learning Differences. The teacher uses understanding of individual differences and diverse cultures and communities to ensure inclusive learning environments that enable each learner to meet high standards. Essential Knowledge; 2(j) The teacher understands that learners bring assets for learning based on their individual experiences, abilities, talents, prior learning, and peer and social group interactions, as well as language, culture, family, and community values. 2(k) The teacher knows how to access information about the values of diverse cultures and communities and how to incorporate learners’ experiences, cultures, and community resources into instruction. Critical Dispositions; 2(l) The teacher believes that all learners can achieve at high levels and persists in helping each learner reach his/her full potential. 2(m) The teacher respects learners as individuals with differing personal and family backgrounds and various skills, abilities, perspectives, talents, and interests.
While thinking about this discussion I definitely realized new aspects of the classroom. Each classroom will be so diverse, not only by culture, but by each students intelligence. I want to respect each student no matter their background, and more importantly, inspire each student to never hate or bully someone because they are different.
"I prefer teaching students with different backgrounds because they can all learn from each other. I believe that students learn best when they have their own personal anecdotes to go along with the lesson. It's something they can relate to and help fellow peers with. Also, it gives the teacher a broader spectrum of teaching so that everyone can feel involved.
The biggest challenge in a multicultural class is bias. Regular curriculum would consist of, at least for the multi-age class room, would be obviously a more American based lesson unfortunately. I would try my hardest to persevere the norm, especially if my class room was multicultural. An example of what I would do is to teach children different national anthems from the different specific countries the children are from. Do multicultural group projects, family trees etc."