grade social studies teacher whose students W r i t i n g

grade social studies teacher whose students W r i t i n g


It is important for teachers to understand the diversity they will encounter in their classrooms. This diversity could take different forms that might include students from different countries, those with different cultures or students with disabilities. For this assignment you will complete the module, Collaborating with Families, through the IRIS Center of Vanderbilt Peabody College. The module can be found online at:

After completing the module, you will answer each of the following questions in detail. Each question should be listed as a heading within your paper.

Assignment Guidelines

  1. Student diversity in U.S. schools exists in many forms. List four ways in which students are diverse in today’s classrooms.
  2. Imagine you are an eighth-grade social studies teacher whose students are learning about the voting process in the United States. What are four ways you could make sure your lesson is culturally responsive?
  3. Zahara, a sixth-grade student who recently moved to the United States from Kazakhstan, seems able to express her needs and desires socially with her new peers and teachers. However, she struggles to understand the content presented in class and in the text.
    1. Explain why Zahara might be more successful in social situations than in academic ones.
    2. Describe at least three effective supports and strategies Zahara’s teacher might use to strengthen her learning outcomes.
  4. You have just learned that you will have three students with disabilities in your classroom. List three ways you could better meet their needs.
  5. Arlene is a ninth-grade student from a low-SES household. Though capable academically, she is not performing on grade level, does not complete or turn in her homework, and has difficulty staying engaged during her classes. Identify at least three challenges related to low SES that might explain why Arlene is having difficulty in school.
  6. Taking into consideration the different types of diversity that a teacher may find in his classroom, reflect on how understanding your students’ differences can help you manage behavior in a classroom.

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