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Celebrating Diversity in the Early Childhood Classroom

In any given classroom there will be a variety of students uniquely different from each other in gender, age, ability, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, religious beliefs, customs, and culture. Discuss specific ways in which you can establish and maintain a culturally relevant and anti-bias program in your classroom setting. Identify and describe at least two ways you can use the classroom curriculum to help students develop positive social values and skills in learning to relate to others effectively. Give specific examples of materials or activities that might be used.

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The literal definition of diversity is "different". In America, this term usually refers to differences among people. Generally, when people talk about the concept of diversity, they are implying that differences should not be simply tolerated, but they should be respected and celebrated.

Diversity refers to many human differences. Often, people use this term to refer to racial differences. For example, many schools pride themselves on being "diverse" if they have students who are both Caucasian and African American. However, true diversity refers to differences that go beyond skin color. These differences can include gender, age, culture, physical or cognitive abilities, sexual orientation, religious beliefs and economic status, just to name a few.

One of the most important ways that teachers can foster a respect for diversity in the classroom is by making the assumption that every student is competent and ...

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This answer defines the term "diversity" and explains several specific ways that teachers can help children celebrate diversity in the early-childhood classroom.

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