The successful online educator:
Addresses the learning needs of all learners, regardless of cultural background and perspective, by providing opportunities for interaction that are conducive to active learning and community development.
NSQOT: C3, C5
Reflection: Explain what you have done in your professional experience to address these indicators and include reasoning for why you chose this evidence.
One activity I do that gives students of all backgrounds the opportunity to share and connect is prepare a cultural lesson, asking students to make a cultural comparison of holidays in Spanish speaking countries with their own traditions. Winter celebrations is an example. I begin with culture notes on three Spanish speaking countries and ask students to make their comparisons. It could be a discussion post or in zoom breakout rooms with students sharing what they do during the winter holidays. Celebrations from Spanish speaking countries are topics like Mexico with tamales and piñata parties on December 24, Spain and December 28 with children playing pranks similar to April fool’s day and January 6 with a bean hidden in a Three King’s Cake. This is always one of the students favorite activities in my class. I am meeting mastery in this indicator by giving students the opportunity to learn about people from Spanish speaking countries and share their backgrounds and perspectives when making cultural comparisons. Another activity I like to do with my Spanish classes is to introduce Cinco de mayo, giving cultural information like including the celebration not the Mexican Independence day but instead the day of independence from the French in a town in Mexico called Puebla. I also include information like the celebration is more known in the US and some of the foods, mainly the avocado with over 80 million sold for the celebration. There are a couple of activities I so with students. One is, ‘How do you like your guacamole’ with students experimenting with foods, learning the words in English and sharing with others. Another activity I like to do is to prompt students to compare an American holiday and foods to Cinco de mayo. All culture activities prompt students to consider similarities and lead to discussion.
Ways I try to meet the needs of all students by being aware of their backgrounds, home life, beliefs, adapting language to current trends and with deliberate thought. As a Spanish teacher culture is a big focus in when teaching the language. Along with culture of people from different parts of the world there is also the culture and backgrounds of our students. One area is the socioeconomic background. Students may not the resources needed for class activities such as printer, ink, crayons, pencils and other supplies. For the virtual setting students may also not have internet access and possibly limited to transportation to the public library to access these resources. In my district students were provided delivery and parent pickup for student supplies and hotspots. I consider myself flexible in meeting the needs of all students and I am aware of limitations students may have. Also some students may not be comfortable in a virtual setting. Once student of mine has a difficult time being in a zoom meeting. For her I have set aside a separate session each week and offer alternate activities. I feel I am meeting the needs of my students, by being flexibe, giving them the opportunity to interact in a way that enhances individual learning styles.
Where are you now in reaching mastery of these indicators? Explain your reasoning.
Approaching / Meeting / Exceeding
I am exceeding mastery for the Cultural Diversity indicators. I am proficient at addressing needs of culturally diverse learners and various backgrounds. My lessons on other cultures promotes learning and developing community of learners that includes all backgrounds as my evidence shows in exploring other traditions and making comparisons.