Diversity in Lesson Planning

Blending diversity into my science lessons is extremely important.  For one, examining and observing an issue from different perspectives is part of the scientific method an effective method of evaluating different challenges students come across. If I show my class how other cultures and geographic regions of the world look at an address scientific problems, they then get to understand the importance of looking at things through a different lens. Essentially the learn to develop empathy and understanding for diverse viewpoints.

Adapting classroom diversity to my lessons is imperative because I teach to a very diverse group of student. Most come from different countries, speak English as a second language, and have different cultures and values. By integrating my students diversity into my units and lessons improves my teaching in a variety of ways. It improves my relationship with my students because they get to share bits of their culture that is important to them. It engages them more because they will be interested in the different ways scientific topics effect aspects of their life. Furthermore, it will foster empathy and curiosity by showing them how the topics they are learning about affect different populations and ecosystem around the world and in their home region. 

Integrating student diversity is both easy and difficult to do in a Biology Class. On the one hand diversity is one of the pillars of Biology and if found everywhere. Examples of its prevalence include: Mutations in DNA, Phenotype and Phenotype traits, organisms, evolutionary history, local and global ecosystems, the list goes on and on. Diversity related to biology is easy to integrate into lessons; diversity related to both your class demographics and content is a little trickier to blend together. There are only so many times you can talk about the various scientists from different places. Not every class wants to discuss every ecosystem around the world in order to blend class demographic diversity into lessons.

One easy way to integrate classroom diversity into science lessons is by doing daily science readings where students can choose issues that relate . Nearly every region of the world has some article on scientific research happening in that area or applied science projects and programs occurring. It takes only a few minutes to research an article or two and hold a reading and discussion around the article and the location at which that article came from. The class can see how what they are learning can be applied in different ways and in different cultures around the world.

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