What I now know about Social Justice that I did not know on August 15…

At the beginning of the semester, I thought of social justice and education as two very different entities. Now, I understand that the two are extremely interconnected. Social Justice in the classroom is evident when the diversity of learners is not only acknowledged but celebrated. Diversity of learners in a classroom fosters an environment of natural learning and provides teachable moments. I have also learned that diversity applies to much more than just race. Learners can be diverse when they have different ages, backgrounds, families, genders, and socioeconomic statuses. The teacher must not only include all kinds of students but give each student the care and attention that he or she deserves. The teacher must create a classroom environment that supports each student, promotes self-efficacy, and keeps learning the primary focus. A classroom that incorporates social justice is a classroom that encourages every learner to be the best learner they can be and celebrates the differences among students.

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