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Cultural Sensitivity in the Classroom
The learning environment for the student is vitally important, and no less delicate then a multi layered Baklava. The learning environment can make a sudden shift, be it from a student’s mood or a serious electrical problem. However, nothing else can speedily disrupt the learning environment in a classroom as when a teacher is unaware of stepping on the toes of a student’s cultural views. A teacher must therefore be aware of the areas of cultural sensitivity among their students and within themselves. In this paper we will look at three areas of cultural sensitivity. Every culture has a perspective and opinion about male/female roles, social expectations, and clothing appropriateness. Many times these views are different from what the teacher is accustomed to. How should the teacher respond? How should they approach these situations? One helpful maxim is, “Another’s view is neither right nor wrong. Its different.” With this approach a teacher will gain a milestone in the journey of dealing with cultural sensitivity in the classroom. A teacher’s own bias can put down roadblocks and upset the learning environment for the student. But an understanding mind and a willingness to learn opens doors and keeps