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Healthy Classroom Environments & Cultural Inclusion - Chapter Summary
Our instructors have put this chapter together to discuss methodologies for creating healthy classroom environments that address cultural inclusion. Some of the topics covered in the chapter go over how to alter or organize the physical aspects of the classroom to maintain and monitor the learning environment. Other lessons review social considerations, like reducing prejudice, promoting social responsibilities, and discussing cultural awareness.
These easy-to-follow lessons provide you with a guideline you can use in your own classroom as you work on developing a more culturally inclusive learning environment. Not only do our instructors discuss key terms, theories, and major concepts in these lessons, but they also provide examples that show you how other educators have handled similar problems, allowing you to see the real world applications of these chapter materials.
How It Helps
- Saves time: It can be daunting to try and research cultural inclusion methodologies on your own, but our teaching resources provide you with all of the information you need in one, easy-to-navigate location.
- Promotes student social skills: Besides learning about what you can do in the classroom to improve cultural inclusion, these lessons give you guidance on social skills training that will encourage classroom diversity.
- Provides helpful strategies: By going through the lessons in this chapter, you will explore several methodologies and techniques that you can try out to make your classroom environment healthier and more culturally accepting.
By the close of this chapter, you will be ready to:
- Describe techniques for organizing classroom materials
- Understand the benefits and origins of student-centered instruction
- Identify ways to create a learner-centered classroom
- Integrate authentic learning activities in the classroom
- Analyze ways to teach elementary students about responsibility
- Implement safe learning environments that support students
- Define methodologies for teaching multicultural classrooms
- Examine the impact of culture shock, socialization, and culture on students
- Explain jigsaw groups and issues with prejudice
- Point out teaching strategies that are culturally relevant
- Offer examples of culturally-responsive classroom management methods
1. How to Organize Classroom Materials
Teachers make many decisions about instruction, beginning with how to organize their classroom space. This lesson outlines methods of effectively organizing classroom materials to support learning, teach autonomy, and prolong the life of objects.
2. Student-Centered Instruction: Definition, Origin & Benefits
Student-centered instruction is an effective method for teaching. This lesson explains what student-centered instruction is and details some of its benefits.
3. Creating a Learner-Centered Classroom & Environment
Education is moving toward a more learner-centered model, where student needs and interests are used to develop lessons and activities. This lesson explores how a learner-centered model is applied to the classroom.
4. Authentic Learning Activities: Examples & Concept
In this lesson, we will see how authentic learning activities take class material into the real world, what some examples of these activities are, and why they are so valuable to students.
5. Teaching Responsibility to Elementary Students
Students learn a lot of academics in school, but they also have to learn aspects of character development. This lesson offers some ideas for teaching responsibility in the elementary grades.
6. Safe & Supportive Learning Environments: Design & Maintenance
Classroom environments should promote student achievement. This lesson will explore how a safe and supportive learning environment is created and maintained.
7. Teaching Young Children in Multicultural Classrooms
Students come to the classroom with a variety of cultural backgrounds and experiences. It is important that you create an environment where this is celebrated. This lesson gives you some tips and strategies for teaching in multicultural classrooms.
8. The Effect of Culture, Socialization & Culture Shock on Education
In this lesson we will explore the effect of culture on the socialization of children. We will also seek to understand the impact that culture has on their educational experiences.
9. Prejudice in the Classroom: Jigsaw Groups
Prejudice creeps into many parts of society, including classrooms. In this lesson, we'll look at how educators can set up classroom activities to reduce prejudice between students.
10. Culturally Relevant Teaching: Strategies & Definition
This lesson will define culturally relevant teaching and illustrate how this approach to instruction can boost student engagement, increase students' feeling of belonging within their school, and positively impact student achievement.
11. Culturally-Responsive Classroom Management Strategies
A student's culture can play a large part in how they learn. When it comes to classroom management, knowing how to respond to and incorporate students' cultures can enhance student learning. Read on to learn more about culturally-responsive classroom management strategies.
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