The globalization, which has started a long time ago before the 21st century, calls for an improved and transformed educational system that would respond to the needs of the learners and society. The dimensions of multicultural education include the content integration, knowledge construction, equity pedagogy, prejudice reduction, and empowering school culture and social culture. This means that stakeholders of education should be able to provide contextualized and localized instructional strategies to learners and be able to integrate the knowledge from different backgrounds of the learners in the course. Adapting the teaching styles, strategies and approaches to the learners’ needs is also a way to make the educational system responsive to the multicultural education. Embracing the diversity of learners is a good start in restructuring and improving the school culture and social structure with regards to multiculturalism.
As a young educator, with almost 3 years of teaching experience, I always believe in a learner-centered learning environment where the development of the totality of learners is the most priority. I started as a classroom teacher in a Dominican School where I taught mathematics in Senior High School. The first home to my teaching career had taught me to become more dedicated in teaching and I learned to consider teaching as life not only as means of living. This learning of mine strengthens my love to teaching and deepens my dedication to providing quality education among learners. In the last quarter of 2019, I started my mission to offer and give service to public school, the second home of my life as a teacher. Teaching in a far-flung, coastal school is a great opportunity to put my passion and dedication into trial. Will it grow evermore, or will it fade as time passed by? However, this question is irrelevant; my passion to teaching will continue to burn and the torch will become brighter and brighter. The moment I stepped in the portals of teacher education, nine years ago, I was already sure that my passion is in teaching, and learners’ holistic development is my priority, no matter the challenges.
I believe to the differences and diversity of learners. I know learners have different stories, different backgrounds, and different learning styles. I am always grounded by different learning theories in education including the zone of proximal development, constructivism, and Thorndike’s laws of learning (law of readiness, law of exercise, and law of effect. From these educational theories, I developed my own philosophy which serves as my guiding torch to giving what is best for the learners; that is, teachers must provide the best learning environment responsive to the need of a learner. Creating the best learning environment to learner means that a teacher should strategize on how he or she will communicate the learning competencies to the learner. Teacher must always remember that every learner has the capacity to learn the subject matter if given the learning experience which is finest for him or her. Teacher must value the diversity of learners, possessing different learning styles, in understanding a specific learning competency. I remember when I was in internship teaching program during my college days, most mentors would always say that I must avoid using “code switching” during instruction. Mentors meant that I should fully use English language as a medium of instruction in Grade 10 mathematics. However, because I am teaching struggling learners, on which they had difficulty in comprehending English language, I had to use Filipino language in teaching the course. The best thing about this experience was that the learners were able to grasp the mathematical concept when taught to them in Filipino language. However, to also teach them learn the concepts when taught in the required medium of instruction, I helped them explain the concept by themselves in English. This experience was awesome, I consider. As I see it, you must break the rule to give learners the best for them; as the line goes, “Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist”. However, this is only applicable once the motives and actions are positively changing the system and the practices.
In conclusion, it is best for the teachers and for me to always consider the learners’ capacity and background. Providing them contextualized, localized lessons, teaching and learning approaches appropriate to each of them, understanding their diversity, and embracing their differences are keys to providing them the best learning environment, the finest learning experience they need. Differentiated, inclusive education is an example of revolutionized teaching and learning approaches to develop the learners holistically.
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