What better age to discuss “Diversity and Discrimination” than adolescence, when youth is growing more aware of how people are treated, both yourself and others? With the tips and topics referred to on this page, you will be able to spark a lively and rewarding class discussion---without judgement---about what it means to be “different” and how we can prevent discrimination from occurring in ourselves and others.
The students at this New Jersey Charter school explore a difficult subject: gender bias and the roles our gender plays in our lives. The inspirational "Gender Project" addresses the significant question: "How do we learn to act as women and men?" It is a way of examining the definition of identity through gender, and what gender means to us. Inspire your students to work on either the same or a similar project to break down barriers concerning the stereotypes of men and women.
Are you multiculturally aware? How well do you know the cultural backgrounds of your students? In this informative article you can explore different teaching strategies of how to create a multiculturally aware classroom, and see how to encourage and instill this awareness in your students through pedagogical technique and multiculturally integrated curriculum.
Inspire your students to discuss their feelings about equality after sharing this video, which shows real middle school students talking about what they think equality is, the importance of embracing differences, and how we can all change the world for the better!
"Rethink" the way you use pedagogy when it comes to diversity while reading this article about the book "Open Minds to Equality"! It explains what the book is about (which is highly recommended as a way to make your classroom a safe place for all learners!) Strategies suggested in this article might inspire you to completely reconstructure the way you run your classroom, so that everyone is valued and values each other!
In this middle school lesson for grades 6-8, students learn across subjects including Language and Visual Arts", "Educational Technology", "Mathematics", "Health" and "Social Studies" by discovering the degree of tolerance in their peers. Here is the right link to the questionnaire: http://www.tolerance.org/sites/default/files/files/general/School%20Climate%20Questionnaire.pdf
Encourage students to delve into their family history and share their discoveries about their "racial identity" with each other and the world! Perfect for a closing activity for a lesson about identity, whether family-related, race related or otherwise. Enjoy!
What is “Classroom Culture” and how does it relate to the topic of Diversity? In this thoughtful article, “culture” refers to how a classroom population relates to one another, both intellectually, socially and emotionally, as well as in a non-discriminatory way. Within you will find great teaching techniques and strategies---as well as sound, effective advice---on how to improve the social and emotional environment of your own classroom, where everyone is treated equally.
Learn all about the connection between "multiculturalism" and "equality" and its positive influence in your school! Contained within this article are several teaching strategy suggestions on how to encourage everyone in your classroom to embrace each others' differences. You will also find enlightening activities focused on "Equality and Diversity" that can be adapted for different age groups, and learn all about the "Equality Act of 2010". Enjoy!