Cultural and Linguistic Differences
Consider what Donna Ford has to say about prejudice and stereotyping. Then, read the â€œCulture-Based Education and Its Relationship to Student Outcomesâ€ article.
Discuss how educators can positively influence a school-age child to not hold biases or prejudices against others. Give an example of how a teacher can create a community of learners who support one another by fostering positive attitudes. Give an example of how an educator could teach his or her students the importance of acceptance. Your post must address the children in the concrete operational stage.
Your initial post should be at least 250 words in length. Respond to at least two of your classmatesâ€™ posts and share an extension activity (the same theme, but an additional lesson) based on the example they listed.
Bullying is a prevalent issue during middle childhood. Watch The Power of One â€“ School Video Sample (Transcript). Choose one of the situations presented: Diego, Timmy, or Kendra Briefly describe the situation. Offer suggestions that can be put into place by the teacher, school, and the parents (at least one for each). Use the following sources to support your response:
You must address what should be said to the child who is targeted and to the child exhibiting the bullying behavior. You must include what should not be said as well. Include at least one suggestion to be used in the classroom and one suggestion that can be reinforced at home.
Your initial post should be at least 250 words in length. Respond to at least two of your classmates by Day 7, and comment on whether or not you think the suggestions are interchangeable. Could the lesson for school be taught at home and vice versa? Why do you think this lesson would or would not work in the alternate setting?
Read the following essay, written by Antonio, a fourth-grade student.
The Bully in the Mirror
Antonio, 4th Grade
Mirror Mirror on the wall why must I be the
Bully that has to fall. I beat on kids around the school
The mirror told me it wasnâ€™t cool. The mirror told me to change.
My ways I have beat up kids all by days. I have no friends.
Itâ€™s just not right. The mirror said cause you like to fight.
I am a bully how could this be. The mirror is starting to
Change me. Reflections are now flashing back to me.
Someone plant the seed inside of me. Now the mirror has
shown me poor. Iâ€™ll change my ways and start
new days the bully is no more part of me.
Any bully can change
Imagine that you are Antonioâ€™s teacher. Antonio obviously wants to make a change. As a fourth grader, it is almost impossible to do this alone. Therefore, he has handed this writing piece to you, his teacher. Understanding that this transformation involves far more than you and Antonio, you will devise a plan to help him change his history and be a good person.
First, read the Kenny (2007) article and discuss how Antonioâ€™s â€œlooking glass selfâ€ has been influenced by the agents of socialization. Be sure to explain how this looking glass self is related to his â€œanswerabilityâ€ and what role that has in his desire to change his behavior.
Next, devise a game plan for Antonio’s change:
- Share one lesson or activity that can be completed with the whole class. The lesson or activity should focus on the importance of awareness and bully prevention. Describe the lesson or activity and how it will benefit the class as a whole.
- List one idea showing how the class can support Antonio’s change. Explain how you would help your students support their former tormentor.
- List one strategy that you can help Antonio implement in order for him to stay on the right path (e.g., literature, a check list, or a change in routine).
- Provide one suggestion you would share with Antonio’s parents, so that this change in behavior is a true partnership between you (the teacher), the child, and the parents.
Use the information from your text and the Pacerâ€™s National Bullying Prevention Center website to create your plan. You must include two scholarly sources in addition to the two given.
- Must be three to four double-spaced pages in length, not including title and reference pages.
- Must include at least two scholarly sources in addition to the text and required sources.
- Must be formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
- Must include a title and reference page formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
- Must be well organized and reflect college-level writing.
Carefully review the Grading Rubric for the criteria that will be used to evaluate your assignment.