Different types of diversities in a classroom can if not recognized, and accommodated for hinder the learning environment. As a successful teacher, it is necessary to demonstrate an understanding for diversity and to have the goal of accommodating for all students. I observed Dr. Andrew Bensons english classes to see what role diversity played in classroom setting. As the students entered the classroom no student seemed to stand out from the next student. Gender was the first sign of diversity I noticed in the students.
They sat in a group setting and I noticed the males sat together and the females did the same. Dr. Benson did a great job of using the entire area of the room while teaching his students. He continued to walk around to each table interacting with each group of students which I noticed kept there attention. The objective of this class was to learn abbreviations. Classroom participation was key to this class period. Students were given the chance to express there thoughts which motivated them to understand the objective. This class used a heterogeneous type teaching method.
All student from different backgrounds, gender, ethnicity, and culture learned together in a mutually beneficial environment. One example I saw of accommodation was when a student who had bad eye siht was allowed to come stand in front the class and work the problem on the board. This was an amazing method because it allowed the student to participate in what the other students were learning while making him feel special and not weird. The student flourished because the attention was not given to the exceptionality but instead, toward the question the student answered on the board.
Dr. Benson did a great job of showing empathetic acceptance to each student which allowed for open discussions without students feeling embarrassed or shy. When I spoke to Dr. Benson he informed me that the only diversity that may hinder the student in his classroom was gender. He mentioned that students tended to get distracted from being around the opposite sex. The way he controlled this was to have the girls sit together and have the boys sit together. I saw nothing wrong with this method because the students seemed to feel comfortable in their areas.
I spoke to Dr. Benson on how he promoted positive social interaction between student and he mentioned that he kept an atmosphere of fun and he tried his best to keep the students busy. Even when the classroom seemed to me as loud and unfocused, Dr. Benson stayed in control and realized that the classroom volumes will fluctuate within the period. When he needed them to quiet down he just raised his hand and gained the attention of the students. Dr. Benson’s class seemed to flourish with the blooms taxonomy learning method.
I noticed how he took them from the first level of knowledge down to evaluation in the subject of grammar. He allowed them to see how grammar changes the meaning of a sentence, which gave it value in the eyes of he students. Some students needed more assistance than others but that was okay because that just means the student need more individual attention. The students who understood the material a little better were given a chance to go ahead so that while Dr. Benson worked with other students so that theses students were not held up.
I noticed that about three students began to get frustrated when they could not grasp the same understanding the other student did. I watched as Dr. Benson encouraged them by creating a more intimate learning environment by sitting close to the student while he/she attempted to understand the material. I could barely hear what was being said but body language showed that the student was frustrated and that Dr. Benson understood why and how to help accommodate the student. Once he took time with one student he allowed them to continue on their own, while he moved to the next student.
Some good dispositions that I noticed Dr. Benson had were humility, confidence, patients, and openness. These dispositions served as a way to make the students comfortable with the diversity in the classroom. No student felt out of place and I believed it was because they felt accepted and not judged. They were taught when they got something wrong and rewarded with cookies when they were correct. One thing I appreciated was how in on part of the class the students were given the chance to correct their peer class work which according to Dr. Benson helped them retain the information better.
The course text supports the assumption that all students can learn. I agree completely with the text and know that it is important that students have the opportunity to learn in a way that best fit them. Teachers that have one way of teaching tend to neglect the students that don’t flourish in that particular style. Also I know that dispositions of the teacher can either encourage student learning or hinder it. Students tend to do better in subjects they enjoy and enjoy the subject if they are attracted to the disposition of that teacher of the subject.