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4 Ways to Celebrate Diversity in the Classroom

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By Kellianne Holland
Early Childhood Education Major, College of Education

A classroom is a diverse place where students of different ages, genders, cultures, socio-economic standings and religions all come together to learn. Therefore, it is important for teachers to promote diversity in the classroom. By doing so, students can learn the values of respect, acceptance and community. In addition, teaching tolerance in the classroom will result in students applying their knowledge and education to their homes and communities. Here are four ways to celebrate diversity in your classroom:

Create an Observance Calendar

Students in your class may celebrate different holidays in their cultures. During the holiday season, give your students the opportunity to talk about the different holidays that they may observe and the traditions that they may have. Add these holidays to the class calendar for all to see!

Pronounce Names Correctly

Students who come from different cultural backgrounds may have unique names that you have never heard of. Learn to pronounce their names properly. By doing so, you are respecting the student and showing an interest in their cultural background. Take the time to get to know each of your students by learning their names so that you can connect with them!

Read About It

There are many different books about diversity that students of all ages can read. Scholastic finds like “All Kinds of Families” by Mary Ann Hoberman or “I, Too, Am America” by Langston Hughes teach children about the different backgrounds and families that we all come from.

Host a Cultural Fair

If you have a diverse classroom, you may want to consider putting together a cultural fair. An event like this allows students to show off their culture as well as learn about the other cultures represented by their classmates. Students can dress in traditional clothes, bring cultural food, play games from different countries and teach each other about some of the customs and traditions in their culture.

These are just several different ways to promote diversity in the classroom. There are so many ways to celebrate one another’s differences, and the classroom is a place full of possibilities!

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About Kellianne Holland
Early Childhood Education Major, Digital Copywriter for GCU Blogs

Kellianne Holland is a freshman studying early childhood development at Grand Canyon University. She loves writing and is very passionate about learning about the mental development of young children. When she isn’t studying or blogging, Kellianne can be found spending her free time making tea and cookies, creating amazing vegan recipes or spoiling her weird little dog, Murphy. She also likes traveling, is an advocate for animal rights and owns a giant collection of mugs and teacups. Kellianne hopes to change the world through one day revolutionizing the way that young children are being taught in school in America. Her motto is “children learn better when they are ready, so why stress them out.”

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