Welcome to Teaching Diversity: Influences & Issues in the Classroom, an interactive computer-based instruction course designed to give you the knowledge and tools to facilitate a diverse classroom effectively. This course will help you understand and identify differences in approaches to learning and performance, including different learning styles and ways in which students demonstrate learning. This course will emphasize understanding how students’ learning is influenced by individual experiences, talents, disabilities, gender, language, culture, family, and community values. You will be challenged to apply knowledge of the richness of contributions from our diverse society to your teaching field.
This course is designed to help classroom teachers, school counselors, and other educational personnel gain strategies to understand how our diverse society influences student learning in the classroom. Participants will explore issues of culture, gender, and individuals with exceptionalities, and how these affect a student’s learning and behavior in the classroom.
The course is divided into four chapters. At the completion of each chapter, there will be an examination covering the material. Students must complete the examination before proceeding to the next chapter. This sequential approach to learning will help all participants to gain a better understanding of what they have learned as they proceed through the course.
Although this course is a presentation of societal issues and how these affect the classroom, there is certainly a wealth of research and topics not covered in the scope of this course. The instructor highly recommends that you augment your readings from this course with further research to gain a fuller understanding of the complexities of this subject. In addition to what is required in this course and your individual research, the instructor recommends that you read research from the authors found in the reference section of this syllabus.
As a result of this course, participants will demonstrate their ability to:
- Reflect through online exams how participants can combine and apply their knowledge of learning styles and teaching theories in a multicultural classroom. Participants will be challenged to honestly evaluate their own attitudes and teaching, and to change those if necessary in order to teach so that all students succeed in their classrooms.
- Analyze how poverty issues in our society affect the students in classrooms.
- Gather information from several sources on individual student cultures, knowledge, skills, language proficiencies,
- Gather information from several sources on individual students’ special needs.
- Discuss development patterns of classroom interactions that are friendly and demonstrate general caring and respect.
- Apply a system that responds successfully to disrespectful behavior among students.
- Employ behavioral intervention to remediate disruptive, negative, and/or self-destructive behavior.
- Employ positive framing to model and reinforce appropriate student behavior and redirect inappropriate student behavior.
- Initiate regular communication with families to discuss class and individual activities.
There are no prerequisites.
As a student you will be expected to:
- Complete all four information sections showing a competent understanding of the material presented in each section.
- Complete all four section examinations, showing a competent understanding of the material presented. You must obtain an overall score of 70% or higher, with no individual exam score below 50%, to pass this course. *Please note: Minimum exam score requirements may vary by college or university; therefore, you should refer to your course addendum to determine what your minimum exam score requirements are.
- Complete a review of any section on which your examination score was below 50%.
- Retake any examination, after completing an information review, to increase that examination score to a minimum of 50%, making sure to also be achieving an overall exam score of a minimum 70% (maximum of three attempts). *Please note: Minimum exam score requirements may vary by college or university; therefore, you should refer to your course addendum to determine what your minimum exam score requirements are.
- Complete a course evaluation form at the end of the course.
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