Why do Italians eat fish on Christmas Eve?

Human relations and diversity is the section of block that we are going through right now. I really like it, and I really like the teacher. We are learning a lot, and even if we aren’t necessarily learning new stuff, we are being reminded to be mindful of certain diversities that can and will be seen in our classrooms.

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For professional development, I am currently reading “The Reading/Writing Connection” by Carol Booth Olson. She has an entire section titled “Reading, thinking, and writing about multicultural literature.”

Within this section, she talked about having students do a project in which they make a poster board stating negative stereotypes that are almost always associated with their ethnicity and race. For example, “just because I’m Asian doesn’t mean I eat rice all the time” and “African Americans are always poor.” 

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At first while reading this, I really didn’t like that she condoned the idea of students pointing out the negativeness of their races. But then as I continued to read, I realized how beneficial the activity really was. It forced students to see how each other is stereotyped because of race. It wasn’t a negative activity; it was a way to demonstrate that each student faces some sort of stigma throughout their school career because of their ethnicity.

We have to make a short lesson that deals with diversity and multiculturalism for this class. Mine is still currently in process of being made, but so far I really dig it. Stay tuned, I will share it via Twitter and my blog. 

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