1.2 Measuring Level of Diversity
In order to gauge the level of cultural diversity of a group of people relationships are crucial. Although there are some surface-level assumptions that one may make, it is important to build relationships and learn about each individual in order to better understand who they are, where they come from, and what matters to them.
To better understand how you might measure the level of diversity in your classroom read the following example and imagine that you are a middle school teacher at the beginning of the school year.
Your New Class
After the first two days of school, you learn the following about your students:
- Jenny always wears a skirt or dress. She does not wear pants or anything shorter than her knees.
- Ron has an afro and gets very upset when others ask to touch it.
- Jason does not tolerate profane language and corrects his peers.
- Maria goes on vacation for one week of school every year.
- Hal loves basketball and wears a very nice pair of Jordan's every day.
- Becca lives with her Grandmother, her primary guardian.
- Richard does not eat pork for religious reasons.
- Tommy cannot stay after school. He has to be home to look after his younger brother and sister.
- 3 students receive free breakfast and lunch
- 4 students may not participate in any Christmas activities
- 2 students are frequently in behavior-related programs
REFLECTION: Based on this information, do you feel that your class in culturally diverse? Why or why not?
Remember, to better understand the diversity of a group of learners it is important to build relationships.
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