Describe how you will deal with different cultures in your classroom.
A: Good teachers are always sensitive to their students’ cultural backgrounds. They respect students’ languages, customs, traditions, and beliefs. They never make fun of students who are different, but rather celebrate these new opportunities for enriching the learning experiences of all children. One of the most effective ways of doing that, I’ve discovered, is through the use of relevant children’s literature. Reading books about people from different cultures, developing units about customs and traditions in various parts of the world, and exposing students to the beliefs and ways of immigrants from various parts of the world with literature can be some of the most effective ways of helping students understand and appreciate the multicultural world we live in. I had the unique opportunity to develop and teach a thematic unit on multicultural literature while in student teaching…and I’ll never forget it!
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