At the beginning of each school year I wonder what my class would be like. How diverse will they be? Will I have a big class or small class? Will my students be the risks-takers that I hope they will be? What kind of learning experiences are there to be made? Will it be another amazing learning journey just like the previous school year?
A little over three weeks ago we started school. I found out that I have a linguistically and culturally diverse group of students. And, yes, it is a big class! My students also happened to be risk-takers! So, I know for sure it is going to be another amazing learning journey.
Then I started thinking how best to celebrate diversity in my class. I know it’s not something that will happen overnight but it will happen. I envision a celebration that will go through an organic progression. To begin our linguistic and cultural celebration
- Everyone uses their mother tongue to greet each other in the morning.
- We use different languages to say the word goodbye in our end of the day song.
There are 12 different languages spoken by teachers and students combined in our class.