The Soft Side – Respect
and Understanding in a
Multi-Cultural Classroom
Presented by:
Sheri White. Ms. Ed.
Northwestern Illinois Association
Inservice Training
(815)639-0723
[email protected]
www.thenia.org
2/28/14
SASED
Stand Up and Be Counted!
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Group Resume
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Building your Resume
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Combined years
experience
Number of different
hometown states
Different languages
spoken
Different countries
visited
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Hobbies
Birthday celebrations
Mixed race/ethnic
backgrounds in family
units
What ethnic dish would
your group serve at
dinner party?
Presentation Topics
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Defining Culture
Self-Awareness Inventory
Culture and Families
Examining Individual Cultures
Strategies and Interventions
ISBE translations
What is Culture?
There are no universally accepted definitions of
culture.
What is Culture?
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Surface Culture
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Food
Holidays
Arts
Folklore
History
Personalities
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Deep Culture
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Ceremony
Courtship and Marriage
Aesthetics, Values
Ethics, TIME
Family Ties
Health and Medicine
Folk Myths
Gestures
Grooming and Presence
Ownership, Precedence
Reward and Privileges
Etc.
Culture:
our definition for today
Culture is whatever it is one has to know or
believe in order to operate in a manner
acceptable to its members
~ Goodenough, 1957
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How many cultures do you belong
to?
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Nationality
Ethnicity
Religious
Community
Place of employment
Hometown
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Jenny Craig/Weight
Watchers
Starbucks
Environmental
Lottery
Fitness/YMCA
Running/Marathoners
Theater - Starlight,
Goodman, etc
Activity:
Least Dangerous
Assumption
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How Multicultural is Your Life?
(self-awareness
assessment)
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Implications of the Family
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Life Cycle
Honeymoon
Hostility
Humor
Home
Acculturation
Assimilation
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Take a
break!
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Say Something….
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Family Composition
Household Members
Key Decision Makers/Decision Making
 Family Friend Relationships
 Family Hierarchy
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Family Perceptions and Attitudes
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We need to understand the family’s
perceptions and attitudes to appreciate the
degree/amount of commitment the family can
make towards supporting programs and
interventions for children and children with
disabilities.
Cultural Sensitivity
Analysis Activity
Handout –
Test Your Cultural
Sensitivity
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Cultural/Behavioral Customs
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Native American
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Asian
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African American
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Filipino
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Latino
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Middle Eastern
Other Norms
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Asian (Vietnam) – Taught to work
independently. Self-sufficiency is considered
to be a virtue.
Hispanic and Native American cultures:
children taught to help their peers and work
cooperatively. They often work better in
groups or teams.
LAOS: placing a hand on a person’s head is
taboo.
Other Norms
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Eye Contact?
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Dancing; with a partner is forbidden in some
religious groups and some Native American
cultures
Effective communication with families…..be
aware of how they express themselves and
to understand how families communicate.
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Middle Eastern
Rich in language, diversity
Many are bi- or
multi-lingual
English instruction
common in schools
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Middle Eastern
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Regarding Middle Eastern families with
children who have cognitive disabilities:
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Little faith they can become relatively selfsufficient. Little attempt to educate such children
at home
In U.S., social acceptance relieves immigrant
parents many of those tensions of home.
Parents may be reluctant to talk about their child
with a disability, especially with other M. E.
Core Activity
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Work in groups of
3 or 4.
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Share customs and
cultural
practices/norms of
students you have
worked with
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Report to the group
Second Language Acquisition
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Conversational (2 yrs)
Academic (7 yrs)
Often mistaken
Instructional Time –
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Activities that develop
deeper levels of thinking
Key to academic
achievement
Strategies for Language
Development (handout)
Instructional Strategies
(handouts)
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Instructional
Intervention for
Enhancing ..in ELL
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Move Beyond
Language Barriers
Questions, Comments?
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