Developmentally Appropriate Teaching Strategies

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Developmentally Appropriate Teaching Strategies
SOC 312
Children, Family & Society
September 2, 2013

Developmentally Appropriate Teaching Strategies

Today’s classrooms are becoming more and more diverse with students that have disabilities and those that come from different cultures. It is important for educators to ensure that their teaching strategies are appropriate for all of the children in their classroom. When it comes to the classroom there can be many cultural challenges that educators will have to address to ensure that all students are growing and developing appropriately. Educators need to make sure that they are capable of addressing each of their
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Educators can learn more about their students culture by asking their students questions and getting to their level in order to gain an understanding of their cultures. Once this is accomplished they will have a better understanding on which teaching strategies to use with the students.
People will often use nonverbal communication through behaviors like facial expressions, body language, gestures, etc. These behaviors are viewed as a sociological framework called symbolic interactionism. Children that come from a different culture will more than likely have different ways of communicating nonverbally. For example, in some cultures it is considered to be disrespectful to look someone in the eye when they are talking to you. Most teachers expect you to look at them when they are talking to you so that they can see that you are paying attention and understand. There are certain behaviors that are associated with different cultures that are considered to be appropriate. “Although different cultures may share similar goals for children, the methods and practices that are implemented to instill those values in children may differ dramatically.” (Bojcyk, 2012, sec. 2.2) For example, some cultures believe that children should be seen but not heard. Children that come from a culture that believes that may be more withdrawn and quiet in the classroom.
Piaget’s preoperational stage involves


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