EDUC 577 Final Reflection #577

This course prepared teachers to be global citizens of the 21st century who are aware of diversity issues that touch the individual learners as well as educational institutions, and to use that understanding to improve teaching and learning.  The issues discussed different ethnicities, races, languages, socioeconomic status, and exceptionalities (physical, mental, emotional), and teaching for social justice, with a special focus on emergent bilingual learners.

  • Write A 250-500 word reflection on the diversity in the context of education. What was your biggest takeaway about diversity in education that you may not have realized prior to the course? You can reflect on this from different perspectives (public, private, and/ or policy).
  • Due Wednesday, 5/8 at 11:59 Pm EST

2 thoughts on “EDUC 577 Final Reflection #577”

  1. Hello,

    After taking this course, I have absorbed a tremendous amount of information relating to diversity on an everyday basis and in educational environments. Since I am currently teaching, I was able to relate the content of this course to my classroom. I believe that being able to apply this knowledge to my current classroom environment was very beneficial for my students and for myself. Using this information, I was able to see how diversity impacts my students on a daily basis. The biggest takeaway about diversity in education that I did not realize prior to this course is that it does apply to the mathematics curriculum. As a math teacher, I never understood how to incorporate diversity in to my curriculum. Due to this, I was never able to fully relate to my diversity courses during my undergrad. Now that I am able to see that diversity can be appreciated in a mathematics classroom, I understand how important it is to emphasize on in an educational setting. Being able to focus on different cultures, identities, and student differences in the classroom has been very beneficial for my entire class. My class has now appreciated their differences and is proud of their true identity. As a teacher, I will strive to provide my students with this type of education for the rest of my career. I believe that the students who receive this type of education are more well-rounded and respectful adults. Preparing students for this diverse future is an amazing way to set them up for success. Overall, this course has provided with an immense amount of useful and applicable knowledge. I now believe that I have a better understanding of my current students and the ones that I will be teaching in the future. I understand how to embrace differences and utilize each student’s strengths to aid the curriculum.

    Thank you for an amazing semester.

    Sincerely,

    Jaidin Tonneson

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  2. This course has taught me the importance of how complex the word diversity means. I always grew up thinking of diversity as just race and how you were raised, but graduate school and this course specifically has shown me how diversity means so much more. Throughout this course we had several enlightening discussions and readings that unpacked what “diversity” means. My biggest takeaway is how important it is for us as educators to teach future generations what diversity means. One example is the Whistling Vivaldi reading from earlier in the semester. Our discussion of this text brought back all my memories of code-switching and the power of perspective in context. It is something I want to make sure I teach my students, especially with them being in high school in a low-income environment and being a minority in the community.
    Another takeaway from this course is when we reviewed the impact of national and state governments on education policy. I knew about general policies such as ADA and the Bilingual Education Act, but what struck me when we reviewed this topic was how much power the government had on education policy and politics involved in school board. Our discussions during this topic enlightened me about the importance of people advocating for reform in schools and the truth in the statement: “one person can make a difference.”
    Diversity is continually increasing in schools and we as educators have to make sure we are teaching our students the right values in diversity. We must create classroom cultures that value different races, genders, cultures, income levels, etc. and provide students with a safe space in an environment where they spend so much of their life when they are young.

    Thanks again for such an enlightening experience,
    Omar

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