Monday, February 10, 2014

Multicultural Reflections for EDU 639

I'm deviating from my usual Mommy-and-son posts to create a multi-media Guidance for one of my online classes: EDU 639. Even if you're not one of my students, I hope you enjoy the insight :-)


For our final week of class, there will only be one discussion forum assignment, initial response due on Thursday. You will also have your final paper, Reflection, due by Monday. Please remember, this assignment is worth 20 points, almost a quarter of your entire class grade. The required elements are clearly listed in the assignment instructions. You can also glean some additional insight from the Grading Rubric, so please take a moment to read through it. Also, please remember I will not accept assignments beyond the last day of class. Plan your time accordingly.

Weekly Objective:

By week’s end, you will be able to:

Synthesize and reflect on learning and real-world applications. 


Diversity in American schools includes race and ethnicity, gender, language, sexual orientation, culture, religion, social class (income), new immigrants, learning styles, and abilities/disabilities. Many students and their families possess a rich combination of several of these characteristics. Each of us fits somewhere in this wonderful mosaic; each of us is multicultural in our own unique way.”

~Wardle, 2013, “Ch 1 Introduction”

Over the past six weeks, we have applied teaching techniques and strategies that incorporate respect for various cultures, illustrated socio-historical impacts on language and culture in education, considered the contemporary contexts of prejudice, examined educational practices of the school system as it relates to different groups, and justified the importance of parent and community involvement in the school (Student Guide, EDU 639, Ashford University).

To reflect on these aspects of multicultural education, I’ve reviewed some of the resources that have left a lasting impression on me, both as an educator and as a learner.
I would like to open up with this very inspiring video from the "Kids React" YouTube series in which students are asked about biracial families:

"Out of the mouths of babes" doesn't even begin to describe these amazing children! I could quote so many of their innocently poignant responses but I'll let you watch for yourself!

To share some of my favorite multicultural education quotes from our course readings, I created an eMazing Presentation:

Multicultural Education Reflections

I hope you enjoyed reading some of these timeless words that all teachers should strive to emulate! If there are any quotes from our course materials you feel are timeless, please take a moment to share them in the comments below!

To close this week's Guidance, I compiled some of my favorite inspirational quotes in a Prezi Presentation:

Inspiring Change

Thank you for taking this inspiring, transformational journey with me!

Warm regards,


Horton, M., & Freire, P. (1990). We make the road by walking: Conversations on education and social change. Temple University Press. 

Ovando, C. J. & Combs, M. C. (2012). Bilingual and ESL classrooms: Teaching in multicultural contexts (5th ed.). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill.

Pate, G. S. (1981). Research on Prejudice ReductionEducational Leadership,38(4), 288-91. Retrieved from

Wardle, F. (2013).Human Relationships and Learning in the Multicultural Environment.  San Diego, CA: Bridgepoint Education, Inc.*This text is a Constellation™ course digital materials (CDM) title.



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