18/08/2020

Categories: Education and Teacher Training, Undergradute

5 Ways to Celebrate Diversity in the Classroom

As diversity grows, so must the methods of school leadership. The evolving education landscape is increasingly inclusive, and opportunities must be accessible to all. This means schools need to change their policies and set new standards for the faculty.

The EdD Professional Doctorate in Educational Leadership course at the University of Bolton cultivates leaders who can bring about these positive changes. While a cultural shift begins at the top, schools must observe how policies are followed.

Here’s a look at how to promote diversity in the classroom for all educators.

1. Build trust with students

Discrimination and bullying can go unnoticed if students are too ashamed or scared to report incidents. They may also avoid telling a teacher if bullying has not been dealt with in the past. Therefore, it’s essential to build trust first and foremost. Listen to problems, take action to reprimand bullies, and make it clear that discrimination of any kind is not tolerated.

2. Involve all students in lessons

Student participation is key if you want to promote diversity in the classroom. Get everyone involved through interactive lessons where students can debate, collaborate or share ideas. Develop teamwork activities, and make sure groups are mixed so children from different backgrounds get to work together, and develop friendships.

3. Use counter-stereotypical examples 

Teachers should challenge stereotypes by countering them when using examples. For instance, when making references in history or in the media, promote female, black or ethnic minority figures. Normalise women in science, talk about the legacy of black politicians, and give exposure to international literature.

4. Create a cultural calendar

It’s important for educators to realise that not all of their students celebrate the same holidays. Create a calendar with your class that highlights various religious or cultural ceremonies, and tailor lessons around these.

5. Plan diversity activities in the classroom

Keep things fun with interactive activities to inspire multicultural learning. Ask students to share their personal stories, create tactile displays, ask students to dress up, or bring in different food from around the world.

 

There are so many ways educators can make a difference in the school system. But great leadership is fundamental in changing educational environments. Our Doctor of Educational Leadership (EdDL) degree can help you gain the organisational and political skills and knowledge to make an important impact.

To find out more about getting your professional doctorate, go to our EdD Professional Doctorate in Educational Leadership course page. At the University of Bolton, we have been voted as the No.1 in the North West for student satisfaction for the past three years (Complete University Guide in 2021, 2020 and 2019). We are also in the top 5 for teaching quality across the UK (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide in 2021 and 2020), and have an award-winning student services team to provide resources and support.

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