EEC 3408 Tool Box

1. Literature or media relating to cultural competence in general (quotes, poems, readings from the text, reputable external resources, etc)

"Cultural differences should not separate us from each other, but rather cultural diversity brings a collective strength that can benefit all of humanity." Also: "Intercultural dialogue is the best guarantee of a more peaceful, just and sustainable world." -- Robert Alan (American writer, artist and social activist; 1922-1978)

"We live now in a global village and we are in one single family. It’s our responsibility to bring friendship and love from all different places around the world and to live together in peace." --Jackie Chan (Chinese Actor, Philanthropist, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador; b. 1954)

"We may have different religions, different languages, different colored skin, but we all belong to one human race." --Kofi Annan (Ghanian Diplomat, 7th UN Secretary-General, 2001 Nobel Peace Prize Winner; b. 1938)

2. Literature or media relating to at least 3 topics discussed throughout this course and the importance of its appropriate integration into our classrooms (DAP practices should always be the standard)

  1. Supporting families around issues of attachment: This topic is important to integrate into our classrooms because we want our students to feel secure. Not only should teachers want the students to feel comfortable in the classroom, but teachers should also be concerned with the attachment between the child and parent.
  2. Understanding families’ goals, values, and culture: This topic is important to integrate into our classrooms because we need to be aware that every family is different. Every family has different goals, values, and culture and we, as the educators of their children, need to respect it. We need to integrate this topic so that there are no miscommunications between the families and teacher. Understanding the families' differences will help us get to know each individual family and grow as a team.
  3. Working with families on addressing feelings and problem solving: This topic is important to integrate into our classrooms because the teacher and the parents are supposed to work together as a team to educate the children. In order to work as a team, everyone has to be on the same page. Any feelings, whether it is positive or negative, should be addressed in an appropriate way.

3. Different ways you can show your students and parents that you value diversity on all levels (ex: cultural, religious, gender, abilities, diversity between family structures and units, etc.)

I can show my students and parents that I value diversity by celebrating different holidays my students celebrate. I would have posters hanging in my classroom of different ethnicities so that the students can see as well as when their parents come into the classroom I value diversity and feel it is important for the students to learn in a diverse classroom. I would teach my students about role models who are of different races and genders to show diversity. I would have books in my classroom about different cultures, religions, disabilities, etc.

4. How you can communicate with families of various backgrounds and ways you can avoid potential pitfalls when communicating cross-culturally

If I have to communicate with a family who does not speak English, I would be sure to have a translator. I would also make myself as available as possible to meet with families in person. That way there is no miscommunication in an email or note home. To avoid potential pitfalls when communicating I would be sure to use dialogue and listen to what the families have to say. If there was a conflict while communicating with families I would use the RERUN process.

5. How are you going to increase your overall cultural awareness?

I will increase my overall cultural awareness by first becoming aware of my own culture. Also increase my cultural awareness by getting to know the different cultures of my students. This is very important because it will help me get to know each individual student and help me become aware of each of their needs. To do this, I will have my students do a project on their cultural backgrounds. This way I can get to know their cultures and what is important to them and use it in the classroom. This also will give their peers a chance to learn about what other cultures make up our class.

6. How you can help counteract any bias or prejudice towards a particular group

  I can help counteract any bias or prejudice in the classroom towards a particular group by first educating and recognizing my own biases. I need to be aware of my own in order to counteract. I can help by speaking positively about the each culture, gender, and race. I would make sure the pictures, posters, books, toys, and other materials are diverse in race, gender, age, family situations, etc. I can also help by teaching children to value the differences in their peers as much as the similarities.

7. Specific Community Resources that may be available to parents and families in need; or resources that can help families and parents with particular needs (ex: divorced parents support groups)

-Florida CPR (serving Miami, Dade, and Monroe counties): A parent community resource center serving parents of children with disabilities.
Parent to Parent of Miami, Inc.
7990 S.W. 117th Avenue, Suite 201
Miami, FL 33183
(800) 527-9552 | (305)

-Divorced Support Group-Miami Dade County

Kailey O'Brien

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