How to plan for a multicultural school year that goes beyond holidays and heros.
We’re halfway through the summer and I can’t believe how fast time flies! Many teachers are already beginning to think about those first days of school in August and new things they want to try as they contemplate the school year in front of them. Sometimes it’s overwhelming to think we have (roughly) 180 days to teach our students everything they’ll need to know to be successful when they leave our classroom. As a teacher, one of the most important goals I had was to help my students progress in becoming global citizens. By that I mean I wanted them to be aware of their role as individuals in a global
society, I wanted them to contemplate not only the world around them that they experienced on a daily basis, but the world outside of our state, our country, or our continent. I wanted to expose them to knowledge that would help them understand and appreciate cultures, people, languages and ways of life different than their own. This wasn’t necessarily an easy task. As many of us know, teaching social studies content is often not a high priority when compared to reading, math or even science. I also didn’t want to fall into a trap of being superficial in these discussions, covering a vast amount of material without allowing my students the chance to develop a depth of understanding.
In the next few En la Clase posts, I’m going to write of different ways to bring a deeper understanding of multiculturalism into our classrooms. I hope these ideas will help us to help our students become global citizens.
I’d love to hear your thoughts about this topic and anything you’ve found successful in your own classroom! Please share your responses and ideas in the comment section below.