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4 Ways to Facilitate Cultural Diversity in the Classroom

Fostering inclusion and awareness is important because our classes are becoming so diverse.

It allows our students to feel a sense of belonging, which not only helps integrate them into the school at a quicker pace but it also helps them make new friends and enjoy the experience of a new environment, country or culture. This, in turn reduces constant classroom management issues while increasing their chances of emotional and academic success.

Focusing on cultural diversity also improves students’ critical-thinking and creative-thinking skills. It builds empathy, acceptance over mere tolerance, and teaches children how to adapt to an evolving world.

Actionable Steps:

#1. Acknowledge Each Child

Start by learning about where your students are from and their family’s background. For example, your student may be born in China but their family may be from Africa and Thailand.

I do this in two ways:

  • Students: I have them reflect on their background and their birth country.
  • Parents: I email parents at the beginning of the school year (you can do this at any point during the school year) and ask them about their family background so that we can raise awareness about it in class.
#2. Look at Strengths

Look at what your students are good at, and what gifts and talents did they come into your class with. This helps us look at our students in a positive light instead of from a deficit perspective. This is especially important for students who come from, what is known as, a third world country.

#3. Focus on Culturally Appropriate Material

Integrate culturally appropriate material, such as story books written by an author who belongs to that culture. If you aren’t sure, check in with the child’s family. This way, not only does everyone benefit from learning about the culture but families feel involved and appreciated.

This will also allow you to have an open discussion with your students about inequality and various racist remarks that can be noted in popular culture.

#4. Engage in Open Discussions

Have your students participate in open discussions by having them share their real life experiences. You can do this by engaging children in project based learning so that they can enjoy thinking about their cultural background with their family and then sharing it with the class over time. This can be incorporated into your health, social studies, language arts, and fine art curriculum.

Your children can enjoy learning about each other’s cultures with the following resources. Click on the images below to check out the resources.


Let’s recap really quickly. Today, we looked at the following:

  1. The importance of integrating cultural diversity into your curriculum.
  2. 4 ways to facilitate cultural diversity in the classroom: acknowledge each child, look at strengths, focus on culturally appropriate material, and engage in open discussions.

Free Resources:

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Next Steps:

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I’ll see you next Friday at 5:30pm PST.

Until I see you next time, remember to create, experience & teach from the heart.

Take care,


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