Explain how you would promote equality and value diversity within the classroom environment
1.2 M/503/1229- Explain own responsibilities for promoting equality and valuing diversity.
Equality and diversity are promoted and maintained in a classroom environment by providing a safe and comfortable environment for all learners and to ensure that they are treated on their own abilities and merits regardless of their race, gender, religion/belief, disability, political views, economic disadvantage, nationality or marital status.
It is also irrelevant if a learner has a medical condition or criminal background, as all learners should be made to feel at ease with their surroundings and encouraged to participate in class discussions and activities.
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To promote inclusion within the classroom environment the tutor will need to respond positively to the needs of their learners and aim to make them feel as though they are a part of the learning process.
This is then maintained through a number of different methods, forming work groups is just one of them.
Forming groups of learners of different abilities so they can learn from each other’s strengths and naturally assist each other with weaknesses is an effective way of establishing and maintaining inclusion.
Set different topics for each group to discuss then hold a class debate encouraging learners to ask each other questions ensuring that the spokesperson for each group is changed to either ask or answer a question thus allowing everyone in the class a turn to speak and be a part of the lesson.
It is also essential that a level of respect is promoted in the classroom. Showing a respect from one learner to another, respecting other learners opinions, and respecting a learner when they are speaking by not interrupting them or trying to speak over them.
It is also good practice to encourage language that doesn’t discriminate against other learners, and to use topics, teaching aids and assessment methods that are stereo type free, so that they can be adjusted and adapted to any teaching environment and situation.
The use of individual learning plans can be used to promote a positive learning environment, given to each student at the start of their course to state their strengths and weaknesses and then again at the end of the course, showing the skills that they have developed or improved and the ones they need to improve on, giving the learner a more confident approach into further education or work.