This post from the website Teaching in a Multicultural Classroom suggests 8 goals for teachers who wish to foster learning for all students by building positive, respectful and supportive classroom environments.
"Creating a classroom that fosters development through interaction begins with the seating arrangement." This interesting and practical chapter from the Culturally Responsive Management and Motivation Handbook suggests a number of seating arrangements, room decorations, and materials for the teacher seeking to create a multicultural classroom.
True multicultural classrooms thrive on the diversity of students and build upon them as part of students' learning. This article explains how openness, cultural and linguistic sensitivity and authentic incorporation of diverse elements can result in a truly multicultural classroom.
Training students to become culturally responsive is an important aspect of creating an environment that welcomes diversity. More challenging than merely giving lip service to a variety of cultures and ethnicities, this article details the task of helping students see the "essential humanity and value" of others.
"Teachers must provide students with an environment that is conducive to learning," and that includes making room for students with a variety of backgrounds. This brief article provides 4 things teachers can do to foster a classroom environment in which students feel valued and respected.
Much focus in education is on content and teacher quality, but what about the importance of the environment in which students are to learn? Beyond the facilities themselves, this study shows that teachers can make a difference in student achievement through their choice of décor, which symbolically signals to students what you value in education.
As teachers set out to create an environment conducive to learning for diverse populations, it would benefit us to first answer the question, "What does multicultural mean?" This brief post explains four aspects of diversity teachers need to consider.