This week’s lesson in well-being…
This week we are exploring:
- Xplain It!
Diversity can mean differences in race, class, religion, gender, and sexual orientation. School communities are made up of students and families with different backgrounds, sets of experiences, cultural context and world views. The more we communicate and share perspectives, the more we build acceptance of ourselves and others.
- Resources & Academic Perspective
The Global Family Research Project found that one of the most important skills teachers need to develop is their ability to build on classroom knowledge with knowledge shaped by students family, community, and cultural histories. Read this brief article summarizing the research along with 3 quick tips on how to build relationships with families.
- X Tips
We researched the net, spoke to our educator advisors, had conversations with kids and parents – here are some of our favourite tips to create a community that encourages diversity.
- Celebrate differences – It’s not only important to teach students to respect differences – encouraging students to celebrate differences can be even more powerful. You could create school-wide cultural celebration days, showcase a student or family a week with stories from their unique culture, or how about school-wide performance showcasing diverse music and dance?…simply have fun and celebrate 🙂
- Explore the globe – Themed weeks in the classroom are a great way for your students to explore diversity throughout the year. Set the themes at the beginning of the school year and each week challenge students to find music, videos or games connected to that theme (maybe even surprise them with food or a treat).
- Families as partners. We know building strong relationships with parents is important, however learning about the cultural backgrounds of your students can dramatically help you understand them. Send out a survey to learn more about their family backgrounds or have your students interview a family member and present back to the class.
- Current events. Make use of current events or cultural occasions (i.e. Chinese new year, Ramadan, Easter).
Q: When is a door not a door?
A: When it’s ajar!