· Respond to your peers’ posts. Based on your peers’ explanation of how they will get to know both their students and their students’ families, suggest at least one way they can prepare their classroom or center in a way that shows they are inclusive of family, culture, and individual differences (e.g., family bulletin board, community college, hosting a multicultural night, etc.). Give specific suggestions on how they can implement your suggestion.
· Discuss at least one strategy you will use to gather information on your students to get to know them and their families (interest inventory, home visit, etc.). Include the benefits of the strategy and use a specific example of how you plan to implement it in your classroom.
One strategy that I could use to get information about my students is to visit home or school interviews since some may not feel comfortable with home visits. If it is at school, I will show them where their kids will be seated, the classroom environment, the staff, and other classrooms that their kids might be in. The strategy will work because knowing children’s backgrounds will allow me to know their interests, skills, and characteristics specific of each kid, for example, kids with a different culture may feel misplaced from their classmates, I can implement some reading book or art class regarding their cultures that other kids can learn too. Knowing about their background will help me set up my classroom environment according to the recommendations of their parents to meet the needs of children.
· Discuss two approaches you will use to build trust with your students and why you believe these approaches will be practical.
One of the approaches I will use with my student to build trust is a positive attitude. One of my favorite quotes is taught by example. If I have a positive attitude, I will also get that from my students. It will be effective because being positive will allow me to make better decisions. I will be able to teach my students to learn from their mistakes and improve in the future, generating trust in themselves and trust in me that they can look for help whenever they need it.
Another approach that I can use is to show interest in their lives outside the school. Knowing my student’s interests and hobbies will be a technique to get information that I can also use for the classroom setting. Getting to know my student outside the school environment will help me develop trust because they may feel connected with me and talk if they have any problem or situation going on. They cannot speak with their parents; being a friend for my students is an effective way to build trust and maintain a good relationship with them.
· Discuss two approaches you will use to build trust with families and why you believe these approaches will be effective
One of the approaches I will use to build trust in families is to engage families in ways that are truly reciprocal. Having families share their knowledge about their children’s behaviors, and skills will benefit the teacher since this information about their families can be used in their classroom setting and planning. As parents see their children’s development, they will trust in the teacher’s teaching strategies that are used in them.
Another approach that I can use is to invite families to participate in decision-making and goal setting for their children. Asking parents to take an active role in decision-making builds trust with their teachers. This will be effective as both set goals that understand the value of children’s learning, fostering confidence that the teacher will meet the needs of children.
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