Our classes are culturally diverse, with students from a variety of backgrounds, linguistic and ethnic backgrounds. Diversity is an educational force that we must draw to create a culturally responsive space where students learn the importance of respecting and accepting each other’s cultural practices. As the saying goes, diversity is the spice of life and cultural awareness is the epitome of prejudice, racism, prejudice, sexuality, homophobia, competence and discrimination.
Being culturally aware means “recognizing and understanding that we all have different values because of our diverse cultural backgrounds. What we consider ‘normal’ behavior in one country may be completely different in another.” Only by adopting the practice of cultural awareness can the world become a more inclusive and safer place to live.
To help teach students the importance of cultural diversity, equality and social justice, I invite you to check out the resources below. These are websites that provide a variety of educational materials to help you create inclusive classrooms where students will learn to value their differences and preserve their diversity.
This section from Common Sense Education has over 30 tools and websites that you can use to open up students in the classroom and “reflect on their own privileges and help them better understand other people, perspectives and cultures.” It will also nurture vision and integrity, leading students to social change and activism. ”
Google Arts and Culture provides many useful resources for students to get acquainted with the rich cultural heritage of our world. Students can gain access to knowledge and stories from more than 2,000 cultural institutions in 80 countries. “From voting for women’s rights, to presenting art at the Paris Opera, to NASA’s collection of amazing images, to discovering stories about our cultural heritage. It’s your door to explore art, history, people and the wonders of our world.”
Learning for Justice has curated resources to teach students about concepts related to social justice and equality. Resources provide touch on a variety of topics: race and ethnicity, religion, ability, rights and activism, bullying and bias, gender and sexual identity, migration and more.
NMAAHC provides resources to help students learn about African American culture through interactive exhibitions. The museum was established by the Act of Congress in 2003 after decades of efforts to promote and highlight the contributions of African Americans. To date, the museum has collected more than 36,000 artefacts and nearly 100,000 individuals have become members. “
Country Reports distributes content related to culture, language, religion, history, geography, economy, food and much more to every country in the world. Just select the country of your choice and click to get information.
This CIA resource “provides basic intelligence for 266 global elements on history, people, government, economy, energy, geography, environment, communications, transportation, military, terrorism, and international issues.”
The World Digital Library offers a wealth of literature to teach students about the different cultures of the world. These include: “Historical documents, including books, manuscripts, maps, newspapers, journals, prints and photographs, sound recordings and films.”
The Equity Literacy Institute Exchange and the Equity Literacy Institute offer free and downloadable resources by touching on topics related to multiculturalism, equity and social justice.
So only the primary source on social justice provides access to documents. The site’s archive contains “historical speeches, songs, poems, and proclamations on human speech and social justice. So * only the Institute for Exchange and Equity Literacy has free resources.”
Macmillan Education offers this selection of courses to use in the classroom to teach students about classroom awareness.