1.3 Diversity in Your Own Classroom

Measuring Your Class Diversity

Begin by building relationships. No matter where in the school year you are, it is never too late to learn about your students as individuals. Ask them questions about their interests, their families, where and how they grew up, and about their friends. Students love to share once they feel comfortable.

It is wonderful if you have the time to learn these things through talking to student. If you are more pressed for time and want to be sure you don't miss anyone, use a questionnaire so that you can learn about each student individually.

Example Questionnaire: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1QDkmr8HVU-tnJKMiXyHnM3R6tdfHxOiBYoC6wcFcbsQ/edit?usp=sharing

After you have gathered information about each students' beliefs, values, and traditions you can gain a better sense of what your students share. Additionally, a questionnaire like the one above can allow you to see significant differences between students. Keeping these differences in mind moving forward will be very important.

When you have compiled your findings you are ready to move onto Unit 2!

Moving On

Proceed to next unit: Unit 2: Diversity of Classroom Environments

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