Our Global Teacher Bloggers are pioneers and innovators in fields such as technology integration, mathematics coaching, special needs education, science instruction, and gender equity. They have founded schools, written curricula, and led classrooms in 13 different countries that stretch across every populated continent on earth. These teachers empower and enrich the lives of young people from nearly every background imaginable.
Today in The Global Search for Education, our teachers share their answers to this question: How do you help students accept and work well with people of different beliefs, cultures, languages, socio-economic statuses, education backgrounds, and learning styles?
Dana Narvaisa (@dana_narvaisa) in Latvia recommends three fundamental elements to foster acceptance and collaboration, namely: “ensuring a diverse environment (and leading by example), working with both sides of conflict, and inventing your own celebrations and feasts.” Read More.
Diversity in US schools is not increasing, writes Todd Finley (@finleyt) — “it’s exploding!” Todd believes “the skills for developing esprit de corp can be–and should be–learned.” He shares 3 ways to “make a diverse class act like a team.” Read More.
“If tolerance is to be sustainable and cooperation meaningful, writes Miriam Mason-Sesay (@EducAidSL), it has to be based on how much we have in common as members of the human family, rather than emphasizing our differences.” The challenge in Miriam’s community is not as much about getting students to respect foreigners but about helping them “resist the inclination to see all that is foreign as better than all that is Sierra Leonean.” Read More.
“Human beings are cautious or even up-front reluctant about whatever is unknown or different. Including other people,” writes Elisa Guerra (@ElisaGuerraCruz) from Mexico; “The first step to accept and embrace diversity is knowledge.” Read more about Elisa’s solutions.
Five years ago, Craig Kemp (@mrkempnz) moved from a small town of 50,000 people to start his international teaching career in Singapore, a melting pot of over 5 million people. So what’s his answer to our question, given his personal exposure to diverse cultures, languages, and beliefs, not to mention learning styles? “Create a positive and accepting class culture!” Here are Craig’s top 6 tips for doing that. Read More.
“No two people are alike in all respects,” writes Rashmi Kathuria (@rashkath) in India, who believes that school education is a vital part of creating global citizens and that teachers should try “to bridge the gaps in the society.” Rashmi shares her practical “ways to help students accept diversity around them.” Read More.
“In a society that believes in the validity of its own opinions,” Pauline Hawkins (@PaulineDHawkins) writes about the importance of teaching children the difference between opinions and facts. “It is only through patience and informed discussions that we can help our children/students open their eyes to the biases that have formed those weightless, negative opinions.” Read More.
Richard Wells (@EduWells) in New Zealand writes about the importance of “eliminating issues around race, culture and tolerance” and the “systematic and multi-faceted” new initiatives his country’s education system has launched to do that. Richard is the author of A Learner’s Paradise: How New Zealand is Reimagining Education. Read More.
As an immigrant child growing up in the diversity of New York City, combined with visits to her family in Guatemala, Nadia Lopez (@TheLopezEffect) believes she had a positive advantage over her peers. It was these experiences that helped Nadia create the strategies she uses today to create an inclusive environment in her school. Read More.
How can technology help? Technology integration expert Adam Steiner
(@steineredtech) believes a school’s strength is often derived from its diversity and that “technology can play a key role.” Adam shares 5 ways to ensure that your school’s digital conversion doesn’t leave some students behind. Read More.
Maarit Rossi (@pathstomath) writes about the world citizens program created by the Finnish Ministry of Education which Finnish teachers use as a Framework in their practice. We need “courage and small acts,” writes Maarit, who shares many examples of this from classrooms all over Finland. Read More.
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Rashmi Kathuria, Maarit Rossi
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Join me and globally renowned thought leaders including Sir Michael Barber (UK), Dr. Michael Block (U.S.), Dr. Leon Botstein (U.S.), Professor Clay Christensen (U.S.), Dr. Linda Darling-Hammond (U.S.), Dr. MadhavChavan (India), Professor Michael Fullan (Canada), Professor Howard Gardner (U.S.), Professor Andy Hargreaves (U.S.), Professor Yvonne Hellman (The Netherlands), Professor Kristin Helstad (Norway), Jean Hendrickson (U.S.), Professor Rose Hipkins (New Zealand), Professor Cornelia Hoogland (Canada), Honourable Jeff Johnson (Canada), Mme. Chantal Kaufmann (Belgium), Dr. EijaKauppinen (Finland), State Secretary TapioKosunen (Finland), Professor Dominique Lafontaine (Belgium), Professor Hugh Lauder (UK), Lord Ken Macdonald (UK), Professor Geoff Masters (Australia), Professor Barry McGaw (Australia), Shiv Nadar (India), Professor R. Natarajan (India), Dr. Pak Tee Ng (Singapore), Dr. Denise Pope (US), Sridhar Rajagopalan (India), Dr. Diane Ravitch (U.S.), Richard Wilson Riley (U.S.), Sir Ken Robinson (UK), Professor Pasi Sahlberg (Finland), Professor Manabu Sato (Japan), Andreas Schleicher (PISA, OECD), Dr. Anthony Seldon (UK), Dr. David Shaffer (U.S.), Dr. Kirsten Sivesind (Norway), Chancellor Stephen Spahn (U.S.), Yves Theze (LyceeFrancais U.S.), Professor Charles Ungerleider (Canada), Professor Tony Wagner (U.S.), Sir David Watson (UK), Professor Dylan Wiliam (UK), Dr. Mark Wormald (UK), Professor Theo Wubbels (The Netherlands), Professor Michael Young (UK), and Professor Minxuan Zhang (China) as they explore the big picture education questions that all nations face today.
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C. M. Rubin is the author of two widely read online series for which she received a 2011 Upton Sinclair award, “The Global Search for Education” and “How Will We Read?” She is also the author of three bestselling books, including The Real Alice in Wonderland, is the publisher of CMRubinWorld, and is a Disruptor Foundation Fellow.
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