Teaching The Enduring Understandings About Culture in Primary Social Studies, pp. 6 of 7

To conclude the lesson, pair the students up and get them to write their partner’s name on a card. You may wish to encourage them to write in their partner’s mother-tongue script. They are to write the meaning of the names behind the card and to decorate it. These cards can be hung all over the classroom. This activity provides a good opportunity to discuss about similarities and differences between different cultures and the students themselves are the active and essential contributors to the lesson.

Conclusion

In a diverse, interconnected world, one of the most important concepts that our students need to understand is culture. A complex idea, it requires that we, as teachers, reflect on our own understandings. While we continue to have children experience and learn about the more visible, concrete aspects of culture, we need to also set up purposeful interactions, and teach children to ask questions, to partake in discussions and to reflect on the enduring understandings about culture in order to pave the way to deeper and more meaningful learning about cultural diversity.

An Inspiring Quote

"[Open-mindedness] includes an active desire to listen to more sides than one; to give heed to facts from whatever source they come; to give full attention to alternative possibilities; to recognize the possibility of error even in the beliefs that are dearest to us."

~ John Dewey, How We Think

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