1. What does multiculturalism mean; it is acceptance or promotion of multiple ethnic cultures, applied to the demographic make-up of a specific place. (en. wikipedia. org). How I would incorporate activities that would support a multicultural class room, well for one I would take a map of the world and pin it up to one wall of my class room. Take pictures of everyone in the class and put the pictures and their names on the side of the map and run a string to the place where they are from.
This way everyone can see exactly where they are from and how far they traveled to get here. After looking on where everyone came from I would sit aside one day where students can bring food from their culture and clothes, music or even talk about their traditions and there history about where they came from. This way they can taste the foods that they eat and listen to the different sounds of music and hear about how the students talk about their traditions, by doing this the students can understand a little about their culture and why they are different.
Another group activity, I would do is watch movies in different languages, but have the words subtitled in English, this way it would require them to watch closely and then give them a quiz after the movie was over. Then have the students say hello in different languages just to see how many different languages they can say hello in. Another activity would be to have them write something about themselves and the title would be why I am different. Each of the students would write a little something about them selves on why they are different this would send a positive message.
Now students with special needs, this activity about why I am different would also send a positive message just because they are in a wheel chair doesn’t mean they cannot do things or learn, this exercise would build confidence then they will begin to try harder because they will 2. feel good about themselves. I hope from these activities that the students will remember just because they do not have much as other students they still have a lot.
They need to know they have more than they realize, they still have a chance to do something for their lives, education open doors they have so many opportunities that can change their lives forever. Teaching these students just, because you are not as fortunate as other students, like if you have a disability or they are from a different ethnic group, you do not have to let this stop you from going forward. Hopefully students will take this teaching and incorporate this in their personal experiences and let this expand in their growing minds.
I believe that multicultural education is well needed in every class room in today’s society. It will take everyone to be involved; this will show everyone that we need to set an example for our future generation. There is so much discrimination in this world. We need to show our students it is ok to be different just be yourself. For my very last activity I would divide the class room in different sections browns eyes over here and blue and green over there.
Then I would provide different colored eyes students with different privileges and different punishments, I would show the students just how this activity does demonstrates the manner on how they become conditioned to racism and discrimination. I believe this activity would show students that there are times we do discriminate and don’t realize that we do just because we are different. We also need to get the parents involved in a lot of these activities, because parents often put discrimination in to their children and really don’t realize they do it.
These activities will be an eye opener just because you are different doesn’t mean it is a bad thing. This is an opportunity to learn so much about different tradition, cultures, languages and disabilities, we are equal different is good. Just because someone is in a wheel chair doesn’t mean he can not dance he can move that wheel chair around or even play basketball. If I can teach these children that just because someone has a disability doesn’t make him less of a human being 3. hen I did my job. It doesn’t matter if you are disabled or not these students are our future. They can do anything they want they just need that confidence in themselves after all they are our future teaches, doctors or even some will be lawyers, what they learn they will remember for a life time. References http://www. ndoleednews. com/multicultural http://www. ncrel. org/sdrs/areas http://www. ehow. com/info http://www. enwikipedia/org/wiki/multiculture