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 firstname.lastname@example.org www.thenia.org 2/28/14 SASED Stand Up and Be Counted! 2 Group Resume 3 Building your Resume 4 Combined years experience Number of different hometown states Different languages spoken Different countries visited Hobbies Birthday celebrations Mixed race/ethnic backgrounds in family units What ethnic dish would your group serve at dinner party? Presentation Topics 5 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? Surface Culture – – – – – – Food Holidays Arts Folklore History Personalities Deep Culture – – – – – – – – – – – – 7 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 8 How many cultures do you belong to? Nationality Ethnicity Religious Community Place of employment Hometown 9 Jenny Craig/Weight Watchers Starbucks Environmental Lottery Fitness/YMCA Running/Marathoners Theater - Starlight, Goodman, etc Activity: Least Dangerous Assumption 10 How Multicultural is Your Life? (self-awareness assessment) 11 Implications of the Family 1. 2. 3. 4. Life Cycle Honeymoon Hostility Humor Home Acculturation Assimilation 12 Take a break! 13 Say Something…. 14 Family Composition Household Members Key Decision Makers/Decision Making Family Friend Relationships Family Hierarchy 15 Family Perceptions and Attitudes 16 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 17 Cultural/Behavioral Customs 18 Native American Asian African American Filipino Latino Middle Eastern Other Norms 19 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 Eye Contact? 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. 20 Middle Eastern Rich in language, diversity Many are bi- or multi-lingual English instruction common in schools 21 Middle Eastern Regarding Middle Eastern families with children who have cognitive disabilities: – – – 22 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 23 Work in groups of 3 or 4. Share customs and cultural practices/norms of students you have worked with Report to the group Second Language Acquisition Conversational (2 yrs) Academic (7 yrs) Often mistaken Instructional Time – – – 24 Activities that develop deeper levels of thinking Key to academic achievement Strategies for Language Development (handout) Instructional Strategies (handouts) Instructional Intervention for Enhancing ..in ELL Move Beyond Language Barriers Questions, Comments?