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Creating a Multicultural Classroom Environment

Breeding a multicultural environment in a classroom today is the most important thing. The environment for children coming from different cultures should be friendly, warm and comfortable. They should also be given the freedom to understand and learn in a way they are comfortable in.

As the world is turning into a smaller place, diversity of culture becomes an integral part of today's society. Everyone is everywhere! You will find Americans, Europeans, Asians, Africans, Hispanics etc., all together under a single roof in schools, universities and work places. Accepting a multicultural environment can be easily inculcated in today's youth through their classrooms. It is the best and most important place to teach about different cultures, as that's where you'll find kids from diverse cultures growing up and learning together. If children are exposed to a multicultural environment right from their academic years, it will be really easy for them to get along with children from other cultures. It will also cultivate in them the value of respecting other cultures and religions. The responsibility of creating a multicultural environment in a classroom, lies mainly in the hands of the teachers and the management of the school. It is important that the school authorities and teachers themselves believe in a healthy multicultural environment which treats everyone as equals. There should be no sort of bias based on cast, creed, color, race, etc. It is easy to identify who comes from which culture, just by their appearance, though accepting them as they are is what needs to be taught to the young ones. What A School Can Do Language A school should facilitate its students with an option of choosing a second language, which could be their native language. Children may not be well-versed with English but with other languages like Spanish, Mandarin, Arabic, etc. Therefore, students should have an option of learning and studying in their own language too. It is certain, that if they were tested in their native language, they could do equally well.

A teacher plays an important role in the .. children can be good at different activities. Strict Action Against Racism Racist comments are very common in schools. Academic Curriculum The academic curriculum will have to be structured in a way. then merely reading up on it will not make him/her understand it. Giving punishments to the wrong-doer will bring a sense of security to the new students and will teach students to take responsibility of their own actions. What Teachers Can Do To bring a multicultural environment into a classroom. By adding a variety. children with similar interests will come together. children from different cultures will feel important. Strict action should be taken against anyone who is found making racist comments or acts.Library A library should have books and other study material for children from all cultures. This way. Use of PPTs. especially for children of different races. a little bit from every culture should be embedded in the academic curriculum. that it does not focus or brag about any one particular culture or community. it's not just the structure of the academic curriculum and the activities organized that need to be changed. playing musical instruments. etc. should be made to describe and explain different concepts and things. In this way. Variety of Instructional Approaches Children coming from different cultures will have different understanding levels and grasping capacities for different teaching methods. singing. write and speak in English. In this way.. Therefore all sorts of activities like sports. drama. when he/she has used Spanish as his/her first language all his/her life. if one has not seen or known one particular thing. Celebrate and Familiarize with Different Cultures Every culture has some unique features and practices. but also the approach of the teachers toward the students. creating a healthy multicultural environment. A racist act on anyone in the form of an action or words can be very hurtful and demoralizing for the victim. dancing. It is very important to improvise the way children are taught and instructed. a multicultural view and perspective will dwell in the minds of children. It will certainly be difficult for a kid to read. other children will get an opportunity to understand different cultures. Schools should celebrate the main festivals of students coming from different cultures in a small way. Varied activities bring children together leaving behind their differences. and the overall interaction of the kids will increase. kids are exposed to all sorts of activities which enhances their overall development. Translation books and dictionaries should be made easily accessible in the library. Keep a Variety of Activities There should be a variety in the activities performed in school because. To make a multicultural classroom environment. should be inculcated in the curriculum. audio clips etc. Many times a visual or an audio clip helps in understanding a concept better. movies. This can be done by asking students to describe their festivals to the class and to showcase the staple things that belong to their culture. For.

audio clips. This will definitely increase the interaction and the understanding between the kids. This is because many children will not be able to understand everything taught through speech or reading. and can be considered as rude or harsh. Learn About Different Cultures As the first step to create a multicultural environment. and expressing themselves. Once they have understood how people from different cultures behave. he/she will not get offended by their opinions and reactions. they can learn to appreciate the differences that pertain in children coming from different regions. It encourages cooperative social skills in children. A Teacher Should Choose the Project Partner It is obvious that a student will choose his/her friend when a project or a group assignment is assigned to him/her.upbringing of the children and in bridging the cultural gaps in them. A teacher should show gestures of appreciation and understanding in front of the class. soon they will get talking and will try to explain things to each other. she/he can pair students coming from different backgrounds. It is essential that video. and then make changes accordingly to help them out. as they behave in a different way. so that other students can see it and learn the same. Also. Appreciate the Differences As a teacher. All of this in turn only does good to the society on a whole. The teacher meanwhile should observe how children are behaving and reacting. These methods increase the understanding of whatever children learn in class. and creates the feeling and understanding of unity in diversity. By Foram Mehta Published: 10/6/2011 . But what a teacher can do is. They can have a different tone and diction while talking. and other means of technology are used whenever possible. It can also be difficult for the teacher to adjust with kids from different cultures. Even if they initially refrain or look hesitant in communicating and approaching each other. There are many benefits associated with creating a multicultural environment in a classroom. how they perceive the term 'school' or 'a teacher' can also be different. Variety in Teaching Technique There should be a variety in the techniques used by the teacher while teaching. It also helps the children coming from different walks of life to feel comfortable with other children and have a boosted self-esteem. teachers should first learn about different cultures. instead of giving this option to the students. as tomorrow these children are going to be the citizens of the world. it will be easier for them to understand what a child is trying to communicate. Here's what teachers can do to build a healthy multicultural environment in the classroom. Also after teachers know how children are. Many students blindly believe their teachers. assuming that everything that they say is correct.