Extension: Classroom Connection
Try this activity with your students:
- As a whole class, brainstorm a list of characteristics
that make human beings individual. This list might include
things such as culture and ethnicity, family structure,
siblings, likes and dislikes, hobbies, where they live or
have lived, pets, important experiences they have had, and
many other factors.
- Ask each student to list 10 to 20 specific characteristics
that combine to portray who they are as a human being.
- Ask students to choose a way of presenting these characteristics
visually or verbally to share with the class.
- Discussion should focus on how these individual characteristics
combine to make us unique human beings with unique points-of-view.
- Additional discussion might focus on how understanding
the multiple perspectives offered in our communities helps
us broaden our own view of the world, but at the same time
embodies the possibilities for conflicts that require thoughtful
Teacher as a Reflective Practitioner
What are your own diversities? Use the Teacher Resource "Bringing
Diversity to the Foreground" [link to pdf] to list the
various characteristics that make you the person you are.
How do these characteristics influence your view of the world?
Of your classroom? Of yourself? Of your students? What are
the implications for you as a learner and a teacher?