Adolescent Diversity

Adolescent Diversity
Mrs. Armstrong
Socio-economic Status (SES)
Family Structure
Academic Differences and Learning Styles
January 31, 2008
Gender Differences
How are boys and girls treated
differently in a classroom?
Do you remember your teachers
discriminating against a particular
How will you create gender equity in
your classroom?
According to statistics (Curtis, 2000) most
teachers in the US are Caucasian ad were raised
in predominantly Caucasian communities
Generalizations vs. stereotypes
African-Americans are more global, Hispanics are
group oriented, Native Americans are reflective,
Asians are introverted
Be sensitive to the differences of others
Include their world in your instruction
Be sensitive of culture differences as well
Take time to get to know where your
students are from and let them know where
you are from (country, state, neighborhood)
Don’t be afraid to discuss differences, it
may feel a little uncomfortable but allow the
students to learn from each other
Limited English Proficiency (LEP)
or ELL (English Language Learner)
Create a hospitable classroom
Pair ESL students with academically
able students who are willing to work
with them
Focus on vocabulary, use charts,
pictures, story maps
Check comprehension regularly
Provide materials in native language
LEP – cont’d
Explain/demonstrate anything that is
assumed to be common knowledge in
the US for example: Sports teams,
American heroes, holiday rituals
Arrange for extra help for your LEP
Modify assignments
LEP - Assignment
Your class will be reading the book
The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. They
will be put into discussion groups and
they must do a presentation on the
book once the class has completed
reading the book. What modifications
can you make for your students who
speaks very little English?
Culture Quiz
Socio-Economic Status- SES
Hidden Rules
Your students may be accustomed to
a lifestyle different from yours. What
are you going to do to make them feel
good about themselves?
“I ain’t got no pencil”
A student says, “we are going to have
chitlins for Christmas dinner” and
another student screams, “ewww
yuck, ya’ll nasty!”
You go on a field trip and take your
students to an eat in restaurant and
one of your students reaches across
someone’s food to get the salt.
Family Structure
Family in this class will be the
immediate family –those that live in
the house with you on a regular basis
The days of two parents in the home
is no longer the majority
Divorce rate is on the rise
Single parent homes increasing
Family Structure
What does your family look like? Draw
a picture and we will share our
Family Structure
What types of families do you imagine
your students coming from?
How will this knowledge inform your
Involve the family no matter what you
think about them.
Academic Differences and
Learning Styles
Mrs. Armstrong
Academic Differences
Ability versus Effort
Gifted and Talented
Special needs
Special needs
IDEA as it is known today – all
handicapped children has a right to a
free and appropriate public education
in a Least restrictive environment
LD (dyslexia, central processing
What will you do?
There are no quick fixes to help children
with disabilities. Learn to cooperate
with the resource teacher and/or your
teammates to come up with effective
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binding document.
It must be followed.

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