Monday, October 25, 2010

Equality

"Treat them all the same by treating them differently" -Stephen R. Covey

I stumbled upon this quote one day and it has stuck with me ever since.  Creating a positive environment in your classroom can be succeeded in my eyes by staying true to what this quote states. I would like to remind everyone that my posts all pertain back to my topic of confidence and its high value in the classroom. As future teachers, confidence can take us great lengths if we use it in the correct way. Being confident in the way we teach, what we know, and most importantly how we make our students feel will help us to continue to strive to become better, more effective teachers. I want to focus this quote on being confident in the way we make our students feel. This quotation I have stated above made me think twice about how I will go about the issue of equality in my classroom. Yes, It is important to treat everyone equally in your classroom but we have to remember that each and every one of our students is your unique in their own way. 
            Covey states" Remember, each child has their own radio dial. We have to move it back and forth until we find each correct position each child's radio dial so that we may be able to receive and transmit our new group consciousness. 
        In order to do this we must students questions rather than making assumptions and we must take time to truly discover a child rather than rely on stereotypes. 




Not only to we see each student uniquely, we must help students see each other as unique as well and t except their peers differences and similarities.  This can be a difficult task because of  the range of learners you may have in your classroom. Some students may need more attention due to a disability and how do we go about explaining this situation to other students with out offending the student with the disability? 


To be honest, I haven't come up with a solid answer to this question 
If you have any input please let me know!


I did find a pdf file with great activities for helping students understand and accept how they differ from their peers. 


Click here for the link!


Here are some great pointers listed on another website I found about creating a bias-free classroom! Click here for the link



Here's how you can create a bias-free environment for kids:

*Be positive about kids. "If you want your students to feel positive about themselves, you must feel positive about your students," says child development expert Karen Owens.

*Spotlight kids' strengths. If Robert is a good reader, have him read Scripture passages. Allow sports-minded Jamie to organize a group game. Let kids shine at what they're best at.

*Celebrate individuality. Every child is special. Rather than treat differences as annoyances, look for the special qualities of each unique child. I had a kindergartner in children's choir who insisted on yelling out the words. She just had to shout about God's greatness. Rather than squelch her exuberance, I gave her a speaking solo. Her enthusiasm delighted the congregation and greatly raised her self-esteem. We need to give children the right to their identity and encourage them to express themselves positively.

*Monitor your interactions. Are you drawn to certain children at the exclusion of others? Think about your background. Are you more comfortable with underprivileged children but actually a little prejudiced toward kids from wealthy families? Or vice versa? Bring in an assistant who'll complement you and reach out to those children that may not get equal time in your classroom.

Once you treat children equally, classroom management will improve. Children will realize they don't need to assert themselves to be important in the group. Removing bias in your classroom diminishes harmful competition.

Shower kids with love, laugh together, and encourage each child to participate. Children will grow because of the love and respect you give them.















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