Back to: Learning and Teaching – Unit 4
Diversity means a combination of different social backgrounds, races, cultures, ethnicity, gender, religion, and different languages. Diversity is seen in the classroom too. Diversity in the classroom may even be related to the varying intellectual abilities and social skills of the students. Having diversity in the classroom helps students understand each other’s culture, language, ethnicity, religion, etc. Through diversity, a new perspective will be brought into the classroom.
The Importance of Celebrating Different Cultures and Diversity in the Classroom
By celebrating different cultures and diversity in the classroom:
1. Students will have an understanding of their classmate’s culture. They will learn about each other’s cultural background and have compassion for it.
2. Students will not feel left out or as being treated unequally. They will feel a sense of belongingness in the classroom and school.
4. It helps in giving students a deeper understanding of diversity. This will help the students in broadening their knowledge about cultural differences.
5. Students will understand the holiday traditions of each culture and why it is celebrated. They will be encouraged to celebrate the different cultures represented in the classroom.
6. Students will feel more comfortable and safe inside as well as outside the classroom.
7. Students will feel more confident in themselves as well as while interacting with their peers.
8. Students will grow up to be open-minded, treat everyone equally, and have empathy for others irrespective of race, religion, culture, etc.
Diversity in the classroom will help students learn from each other as well as help the students in their personal development. For a teacher to teach effectively and for students to work as a team, understanding each other in every aspect is essential. This will lead to healthy relationships among the classmates and a good atmosphere in the classroom.