Chapter 8 of Stephen Brookfield’s The Skillful Teacher discusses the challenges and opportunities instructors face when teaching in diverse classrooms.
Its important to recognize that students come to us with different learning needs, different ways of seeing the world, and with many different experiences. Teaching in Diverse Classrooms can be rewarding if you understand yourself and your students.
Its important to use a variety of teaching methods to help you be an effective teacher. Some examples of different teaching methods include:
- Small groups
- Collaborative learning
Remember to inform the students early on in the course that you are committed to meeting the needs of all students and that you are open to conversations about how to help them learn.
Brookfield’s comment “doing all these things doesn’t remove my fundamental awareness that addressing diversity will always only be partially successful” (Brookfield, p. 109).” really made me ponder.
I have realized that despite our best intentions in trying to engage one type of learner we might possibly lose another. Although it might seem like a challenge its definitely not a barrier.
Brookfield, S. (2015). The Skillful Teacher On Technique, Trust, and Responsiveness in the Classroom. (3rd ed.). San Francisco, CA: Wiley.