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Running head: DIVERSITY STATEMENT OF INFORMED BELIEFS

Diversity Statement of Informed Beliefs

Daley, Danica
Instructor: Dr. LueLinda Egbert
EDUC 204: Families, Communities, and Culture MWF 9:00

DIVERSITY STATEMENT OF INFORMED BELIEFS

Abstract
It is the responsibility of the teacher to help each student learn. No one can force any student to
learn, but it is our responsibility to try to show them the importance of learning and gaining new
knowledge. Having a diverse classroom can help give students a view of the real world where
there are so many different cultures around them. Maybe they wouldnt be able to ever really talk
to a different cultured individual outside the classroom, but given that opportunity they can learn
a great deal about different parts of the world and different cultures. With different cultures it can
open peoples eyes to our diverse nation. They also have different learning styles, abilities,
cognitive levels, and ethnic backgrounds that need to be adjusted in the lessons to help include
every student in learning the material.

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Statement of Informed Beliefs


The United States is very diverse in their beliefs, as well as their cultures. That is why our
country is classified as the Melting Pot. Many people want to travel here to get a better life and
the American Dream. With the dream of moving to the U.S. and getting a better life they bring
their children as well, which makes a great diversity in our schools and classrooms. The idea of
diversity in our classrooms should be welcomed because it helps educators get a better
knowledge of the students culture. It also helps because most teachers still want to learn and be
able to challenge themselves as well as challenge their students. Having a diverse classroom can
greatly challenge a teacher, but in a good way because they can find more efficient ways to teach
their students on different levels. That way teachers are always improving their lessons to best
suit the new technologies and information that is different each year.
All Students Can Learn
As a teacher it is essential to realize that each individual is different on how they learn and
who they are. Understanding their learning type will make an enormous difference on how well
you can teach them. I believe I can best help my students to learn by finding out their learning
type and trying to do a variety of activities. I can do Power Points, hands-on, and discuss it to
hopefully be able to attract everyones attention and get them interested. I also plan on taking
pieces of knowledge from each theorist to help get a more broad knowledge of how different
everyone is. Learner directed always seems to be better for the students, so I would tend to
follow Piagets theories to help my students learn. As a teacher I will have expectations for each
individual student to push them but only as far as that which is in reach for them. There will be
no judging for wrong answers or any discrimination in my classroom as best to my ability. As for
my educational goals, I will depend greatly on expectations because they go hand-in-hand. I

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want my class to expand their brains into new concepts and, with my help, I hope I can expect
them to gain more knowledge and sustain a love for learning.
Students Social Ecology Theory
It is essential to get each childs education into the microsystem because that means you
get the community, family, and school all involved for the knowledge of each student. Getting
the school system into a childs mesosystem can help educate a child by appropriate guest
speakers, educational conferences, and obtaining healthy study groups. It is a known fact that the
exosystem is farther out of the childs immediate world, but getting them more involved could
help them in their schooling. They dont generally attend school and community boards but
attending them myself and giving them the information that was learned there can give them an
idea of the real world. Also, the information given at the meetings is important for their future
and education so it is good that they learn about it. As for the macrosystem, it is embedded into
each child at a young age. Their parents religion, political views, culture, economics, and the
technology of the era all influences their lives and opinions. By having a variety of different
types of lessons I can include all the different ethnicities and genders in my classroom and give
them knowledge on how the place we live at is a complete melting pot. Religion isnt extremely
integrated in the school environment because so many people have different views. It is
important for a teacher to help students overcome differences and accept fellow students for who
they are as an individual instead.
Families and the community are everything to a childs learning. If the student has no help
from outside sources it will be a greater challenge for them to graduate, while a student who is
very encouraged to succeed is more likely to do so. A positive support group can greatly
change a students education experience and help many of them graduate. System theory works

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by having an idea that you have found works and getting the word out. Then teachers will hear
about your successful teachings and try to adapt it to suit them. In example, Montessori had
trainers come from distances just to practice her methods and apply them in their field to try to
get the same success stories. These interactions and relationships can help improve students
learning by finding an effective way to get students interested and craving knowledge, which is
the goal for each teacher. The more knowledgeable our kids are, the better society will run. Most
teachers naturally hear of lessons that work or ideas that work and adapt them and try them out
with the tiny glimpse of hope that it will work again. That is because teachers want to know that
they are doing a good job and are making the students lives better from being in that classroom.
Discrimination and Learning
Besides believing that each individual person is their own unique person, I will include many
different activities to get everyone involved. I also have learned how different cultures like or
dislike eye contact, space, and cooperating with others. I can incorporate those values in my
lessons to make an efficient learning environment.
Cultural pluralism is mutual appreciation and understanding of various cultures and
coexistence in a society of different languages, religious beliefs, and lifestyles (Berns, 2010).
This means that every student has a different background from the person right next to them so
you have to treat each like an individual instead of like a whole. As for assimilation, Piaget
classified it as adapting to your environment by bringing your own experiences with you. I take
that definition as for a child to feel like he/she belongs, which is very important. They have to
live and have fun and be a child and make memories in their town so that they wont forget it and
will always have that to hold on to. It will give them a sense of belonging to the school or town
and then as a teacher I can show them they belong in the classroom too, so theyll always have a

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place to go when they need. Individualistic stands more for individual fulfillment and choice.
Education is free for all children, but it is their choice to take the information given and use it to
the best of their abilities. You cant make them learn, you just have to do your best to show them
the importance of it to hopefully get them hooked. The desire to learn has to come early with age
from the parents, that gives them the best chance. Since some parents arent fully invested in
their childs education, it then gets put on the teacher to make them want to learn. With engaging
activities I hope I can do what the parent has not. Then there is collectivistic, which states the
emphasis on interdependent relations, social responsibilities, and the well-being of the group
(Berns, 2010). All people want to feel like they belong, both with their families and friends. I
would like to help students find collectivism by assigning different groups frequently so they get
the chance to work with all other students and will get to know them. They can expand their
friendships and be able to find more of who they are from being around others and seeing
characteristics they like/dont like.
Activities need to be diverse so that it doesnt benefit the understanding to one, and confuse
the other. With my instruction I plan to be able to make sure each student understands the
objective and directions. To get students all equally involved is achieved best by doing a variety
of activities like hands-on, writing, listening, and visual. It may be impossible to do all of those
for each activity, but incorporating them daily will be less of a challenge and I want to
accomplish that. The more attentive listeners and learners, the better everyone will be.
Equitable Education for all Students
Discrimination really harms the student because they dont feel like they are included and it
harms their learning when that sense of belonging is destroyed from prejudice. Divorce is a big
hardship for anyone at any age. The parents are the first role models and when they separate it is

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hard for the child to cope and can harm their self-esteem and self-belonging. Unofficial
counseling could really help them overcome that obstacle. Even as a teacher I can talk to them
and just be there to listen so they can let all their bundled up emotions out. Dual income families
may not be as tragic to children, but it still takes away valuable time of their childhood with their
family. They dont get to see the happy, parent role models that each child deserves. It is just as
harmful emotionally for a dual income family as a divorced family. As for poverty, that affects
every individual no matter what age. For children, though, it deters their learning because parents
may not be able to help them learn at a young age because unavailability of time or money. They
may not be able to afford computer learning software, or a safe home for their children to go to
for security. The most a poverty stricken family can do for their children is be there for them and
give them love and support and show them how much they are cared about.
Generally all teachers want to have students leave their classroom with more knowledge, a
love of learning, and as better individuals. I am no different. I will treat all students equally, and
try to help them all succeed and learn. Each student will be respected and will know they are
important and welcome in my classroom at any time. I will always make sure each student
knows that there are no dumb questions. Many students dont like to speak up because they are
scared to get the answer wrong and then laughed at. I will do everything in my power to make
sure that doesnt happen and everyone can have a voice that is heard and appreciated.
Skinner and Montessori have really caught my attention by their ideas. I love Montessoris
ideas of learner-directed where you make an efficient environment to stimulate the desire to
learn and give them materials so they can teach themselves so it can be more fun and exciting for
the students. However, as much as I like the idea of learner-directed, I dont believe it is effective
by itself in older levels. That is because as Berns states the idea that waiting for children to

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become academically ready was not a very sound educational practice, especially for children
from lower socioeconomic groups (Berns, 2010). Therefore I would want to also incorporate
Skinners theory of teacher-directed into my lessons. With teacher-directed I would try to help
students learn the material through PowerPoint, activities, etc. From there I would ask auditory
questions to see the level of understanding of students, and like I previously stated, no answers
would be wrong. I would ask how they came to that conclusion and try to help steer them in the
right path. With the mixing of teacher and learner directed, I hope to be able to stimulate the
students minds most efficiently.

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References
Berns, R.M. (2007, 2010). Child, family, school, and community: Socialization and
support (7th ed.). Belmont, CA: Thomas Wadsworth.