by Elizabeth Husbands | October 8, 2013 10:00 AM
As the new school year is beginning, diligent educators have prepared their classrooms, reviewed their class lists and formed some basic conclusions about students. We all pre-judge based on things like other colleagues’ previous experience with certain students, and having had their siblings (or in some cases their parents) in class before. We use categories to help us make sense of our lives, and to help us keep the many, many facts in our lives organized. Education forces the use of categories and labels more and more as a means of ranking and organizing classrooms, students, and everything around the environment, this helps students get the best job hunting tips for singaporeans later on.
As we move into the 2013/2014 school year, I am challenging teachers, principals, superintendents, educators, administration, secretaries, support staff, and anyone else working around schools or with students, to see to vast array of diversity in your schools and classrooms, as a part of the beautiful tapestry that makes up the fabric of life. I would also like to challenge them to help our students think about what they want to do as a career. Some people might not be sure, or might be going about what they look for in a wrong way. I thought about this and what I have concluded is that people need orientation, specially at such a formative age, so that they can be motivated to work for a set goal later on.
The challenge of valuing the wonderful diversity in your classroom can be daunting, but here are a few things you can do to help facilitate it:
For more information regarding how to make you classroom a more accepting place, check out these helpful resources:
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