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1 Something that Ive discovered through my practicum is the amount diversity among students of the same ethnicity or race When talking about diversity I think of the variances between different races and ethnicities which is what has always been discussed in our classes Diversity within ethnic groups or races is something that I have not thought about before but am recently noticing a lot of One day during my practicum we were discussing opposites and many students were mentioning students with opposite hair or skin color The teacher then pulled two students of the same race and who had very similar appearances to the front and had them state things that were opposite which did not have to do with the way they looked What if All the Kids are White states that one of their goals is for children to Develop authentic identities based on personal abilities and interests family history and culture 9 Through this activity the teacher was able to focus on the students abilities and personalities rather than their ethnicity or race which I viewed as an incredible learning experience for myself2 One strategy that I have both witnessed and experienced is the effect of getting down on a students level to speak to them I have seen many teachers reprimand or correct students while towering over them and I do not believe that this way of enforcing rules by intimidating a student is very effective While it might work on some students at the time if you give the student the respect he or she deserves by getting down on their level and looking them in the eye they will return the respect which makes for a much happier and functional classroom Another management technique that I have found successful was making sure that all students have something to do in the classroom There have been very few instances in my classroom where the students had nothing to do
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