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    Cultural Awareness and Sensitivity

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    Find the cultural demographics in your local school district by searching the district name and the word "demographics" on the Internet. (Mine is the East Orange School District located in East Orange, New Jersey). Also, use the web pages you visited this week on cultural awareness around the world: Review the "Cultural Etiquette Around the World" website (http://www.ediplomat.com/np/cultural_etiquette/cultural_etiquette.htm) and read the articles, "Creating Culturally Responsive, Inclusive Classrooms" (http://content.ebscohost.com.proxy-library.ashford.edu/pdf13_15/pdf/2001/TEC/01Mar01/4890708.pdf?T=P&P=AN&K=4890708&S=R&D=aph&EbscoContent=dGJyMMTo50Sep7Q4v%2BvlOLCmr0ueqLBSsK%2B4SLeWxWXS&ContentCustomer=dGJyMPGutk20rrdPueXkf7nb5ofx6gAA) and "Empathy and Cultural Competence : Reflections from Teachers of Culturally Diverse Children" ((http://www.naeyc.org/files/yc/file/200511/ColomboBTJ1105.pdf) to investigate how to make your current or future classroom more culturally sensitive to specific populations in your district's elementary schools.

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    To make my classroom more culturally sensitive to specific populations in East Orange New Jersey elementary schools, I would use material and content books that promote a positive image of all cultures. According to Colombo (2005) there is a mismatch between teachers and the children they teach, which can be an uncomfortable feeling within the classroom. Thus, we have to acknowledge the legitimacy of the cultural heritage of different ethnic groups, both as legacies that affect student's dispositions and attitudes towards learning.

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