Supporting students’ diversity is very important. If you overlook the students’ diversity issues in your classroom and do not support diversity, it means that your work is nothing. As a teacher, you should prepare your students for the workforce. Then, you must effectively teach them and also embrace that they are working and living in school or community with diversity.
So, you really need to promote the students’ diversity because diversity is basically very important such as the explanation below.
Promoting the reflection and growth of students
Probably, it is the best advantage to discuss and experience the students diversity in a class. When they learn the others’ perspectives, struggle, and also experience, they will respond and even reflect the information they get. Then, there will be several questions that they will think carefully to encourage the growth of the personal: should I use that way when facing the same situation? Do I ever look someone down because of gender, race, or other factors? And also some other great questions. When you succeed in open-ended and honest discussions with your students in a class, you can provide a productive conversation. Then, catch the great moments to support all students’ personal growth.
Enlarging students’ creativity
Students’ diversity in a classroom encourages critical thinking, problem-solving, and also creativity. One of the excellent tools for this situation is the collaborative group. It is good for instruction in the classroom; when a class contains diverse students, students will have many kinds of perspectives in which their peers will be challenged to creatively think and work together in finding a good solution for them. When you give a chance to your students to collaborate with some different groups and also various topics in each group, they will easily face the stereotypes and also find similarities will all friends.
Adding cultural insights
Every country is rich in culture. Each region has different customs, cultures, and languages. With the presence of such diversity in the school environment; each student is clearly introduced to other languages and cultures, which in turn will add to their cultural insights.
Building a confidence
In a journal entitled Child Development states that when students get diverse education, they will feel safer either in school or out of school. By learning and understanding the various cultures, students will feel comfortable with the difference of culture across the groups of society and also find comfort in themselves. Then, they will get self-confidence and safety more.
Fostering a sense of mutual support
At school, we will meet all students who are different from each other. Both differences in terms of gender, religion, ethnicity, language, race, customs, and so forth. With the presence of these differences, each student learns to respect each other and respect differences.
A sense of mutual respect and understanding of the differences between individuals in a diverse school environment will lead to a good understanding of differences. By supporting students’ diversity, it will also appear that each individual’s acceptance has different characteristics from each other.
Giving students the opportunity to feel that they are unique
You surely have known that all students are unique. But, sometimes, they feel that the teacher has grouped them. So, you should let your students explore the diversity of theirs. Then, the students will know that all of us are actually meaningful groups. And, they also realize that there are different experiences and characteristics then they will feel very unique.
Those are the reasons why supporting students’ diversity is very important. You have seen that you will get many benefits from it for your students.