10 Things To Think And Do To Address Racial Or Religious Differences In Your Room.
Communication is paramount. Keep staff and caregivers informed with newsletters and emails, and explain the situation to students.
Food – discuss different foods of the world without drawing attention to any particular dish. You may need to explain that people from different parts of the world eat different foods.
Dress. If someone in your class wears religious or culturally significant attire, discuss it. Find out what other cultures as well as this student’s wear.
Do they speak with an accent or use different words?
Some cultures have different expectations for eye contact or physical touch (like handshaking for example). Explore this with your class.
Celebrate differences and similarities between students or staff. This can explain that while people might look different or sound different, everyone can have some things in common too. Art projects are a good way to implement this.
Show and tell is a good way to dissolve barriers and address curiosity in a non-threatening way for both the speaker and the audience.
Plan your lessons to include everyone in all activities.
Include stories and music from many cultures in your programme throughout the year.
Invite community members of similar and contrasting cultures to your classroom for activities with the kids.