A Different Race Essay Research Paper Trish

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A Different Race Essay, Research Paper Trish Richey Multiculturalism and Diversity Paper CI-200 Another Race Have you ever wondered what it would be like growing up as another race or even going to school as another race? I believe that all children and people should be treated equal as stated in the constitution, however this does not occur in the world that we live in today. Today as educators we are tying to overcome diversity. According to ?A Framework for Culturally Responsive Teaching? by Raymond J. Wlodkowski and Margery B. Ginsberg teachers have developed a comprehensive model of culturally responsive teaching, that accommodates the dynamic mix of race, ethnicity, class, gender, region, religion, and family that contributes to every student?s cultural identity. I

believe that this is what the student?s need. They need to feel like they belong in the classroom, and that their cultural background is important in learning. I believe that if they feel like their background is important, it will keep them motivated to learn. Motivation is a key element of teaching. If we feel emotionally attached to what we are learning, we will be motivated to learn. I believe this is true, for example I am taking a music class right now, however I don?t feel emotionally attached to that class therefore I am not putting forth all my effort to learn the material. On the other hand my major is Kinesiology with teacher certification, and I do feel emotionally attached to Kinesiology therefore I am motivated to learn the required material. Our emotions are

socialized through culture. Our language, beliefs, values, and behaviors are important aspects of our lives. The example that ?A Framework for Culturally Responsive Teaching? gives is; one person working at a task feels frustrated and stops, while another person with a different cultural background working at the same tasks might feel enjoyment and continue. Thus, the response a student has to learning an activity reflects his or her culture. I believe in order for educators to be successful they must make learning fun and enjoyable for the students. The main reason I want to become an educator is because I believe I can make learning fun and exciting for my students and they will want to come to my class. I also believe that I have the ability to teach everyone the necessary

skills to be successful in life. I remember as a child growing up, I had a certain teacher named Mr. Vallem that was so enthusiastic about teaching that it made the classroom exciting, and you actually wanted to come to class. However as a child this scenario does not always happen, some children do not want to come to school at all because they are being teased about their cultural background. As in the case of Wind-Wolf from the article ?An Indian Father?s Plea? by Robert Lake. In this article Wind-Wolf encountered racism about his cultural background not only by the other children but also by a parent of a child. After school the two boys wanted to play together, so they went to his friend?s house to ask permission of his mother. As they asked permission the other boy?s mom

lashed out: ?It is OK if you have to play with him at school, but we don?t allow those kind of people in our house! Wind-Wolfs mother asked why not, the other boy?s mother answered, ?Because you are Indians and we are white, and I don?t want my kids growing up with your kind of people.? When I first read this I was shocked, that a mother would do this to an innocent child who just wanted to play with her son. I have never experienced this before, I guess I was lucky growing up as a child. Race was never an issue in my household. My parents treated my friends with open arms. This however was very traumatic for Wind-Wolf and his family. Wind-Wolf didn?t want to go to school anymore. He felt like he didn?t belong. Instead of being proud of his race, heritage and culture, he felt