You are thinking about an important issue. Diversity is all around us and, you are right, it exists in your classroom and beyond. I'm sure you have already discovered a diversity of interests and talents in your own classroom. Sometimes teachers begin with this and branch out into other forms of diversity.
Many teachers use literature to discuss diversity. For example: Frederick by Leo Lionni (about a mouse, Frederick, that doesn't follow the norms of his group in gathering food for the winter but delivers what he has gathered in the way of colors, words, etc. in the dead of winter when the food is gone); or Fish is Fish by Lionni (about the need for multiple points of view); or How Many Days to America by Eve Bunting (about an immigrant family's escape to America). There are dozens of books that feature the theme of diversity even for very young learners.
Publications by the National Council for the Social Studies http://www.ncss.org/publications (e.g., Social Studies and the Young Learner) feature articles and suggestions for multicultural education regularly.
I hope that other elementary teachers will want to discuss this with you and thank you for posting to the Teacher-talksinaction group.
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Received on Wed Mar 28 2012 - 10:27:30 EDT