EDUC 577 Final Reflection #577

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

Jaidin Tonneson’s Week 5 Discussion

Hello,

Stereotype threat occurs when an individual performs in a specific way in order to avoid conforming to a specific identity stereotype. This performance usually has a negative impact on the individual because they are not able to live up to their full potential. According to the Washington University in St. Louis (2019), a stereotype threat can impact any individual, but specifically relates to any human being who identifies with a group that is underrepresented in a field or situation (p. 1). Stereotype threat impacts several children and young adults across the country. Due to this threat, these children and young adults are not able to perform to the best of their ability. This lack of performance occurs frequently in educational settings. 

An educator can be one of the individuals who helps reduce stereotype threats in an educational setting. Every student should be given an equal opportunity to succeed academically. Due to this, the educator should be providing students with equal opportunities that relate to every identity. According to the Washington University in St. Louis (2019), there are several ways to defuse the impact of stereotype threat in an academic setting (p. 1). These suggestions include promoting a growth mindset, providing constructive feedback that motivates the students to improve, and create a sense of community and belonging. According to Stanford University (n.d.), there are also several different strategies that can be used to reduce stereotype threat (p. 1). These strategies include removing cues that trigger worries about specific stereotypes, stress the importance of diversity, create fair tests, value each student’s identity, present positive role models, and convey high standards. If an educator is able to express some of these strategies in their classroom then they will be providing each student with a learning environment where every identity is appreciated and valued. 

Sincerely, 

Jaidin Tonneson