Diversity Through 21st-Century Teaching and Learning
Your written response to this discussion prompt assesses your ability to evaluate the effectiveness of 21st-century teaching and learning. This discussion also supports your achievement of Course Learning Outcome 3.
There are a broad range of experiences brought to the school every day by culturally, linguistically, and ethnically diverse students. These unique diversities compel the development and use of differentiated teaching strategies to target each student as an individual. In this discussion, you will explore the concept of supporting diversity through 21st-century teaching and learning.
Initial Post: Post an initial response that addresses the following areas:
Select three of the four prompts below, and then discuss how the Framework for 21st Century Learning can be applied to each prompt using specific examples of the actions you would take to apply the framework. Your response to each of the three prompts should be one paragraph.
- Analyze how you can maintain high standards and demonstrate high expectations for all ethnically, culturally, and linguistically diverse students in the classroom.
- Reflect on ways in which you will choose culturally relevant curriculum and instructional materials that recognize, incorporate, and reflect students’ heritage and the contributions of various ethnic groups.
- Discuss how you would differentiate instruction for the inclusion of various learning styles.
- Reflect on ways in which you would modify instruction for students in your area of specialization.
Guided Response: Respond to at least two peers. Ask questions of your peers about their responses to encourage further conversation. In your responses, consider including a question about the inclusion of 21st-century skills in a diverse classroom.
Though two replies are the basic expectation, for deeper engagement and application of the material, you are encouraged to provide responses to any comments or questions others have given to you (including your instructor) before Day 7. This ongoing engagement in the discussion will deepen the conversation while providing opportunities to demonstrate your content expertise, critical thinking, and real-world experiences with this topic.