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Knowing the Community: Ethnicity Exercise

Name Stories

Sharing Ourselves:Who I Am Poem

Practical resources: looking within

Understanding Prejudice and Discrimination

Introduces concepts of prejudice and discrimination through self-reflection. Participants share stories regarding theirexperiences with prejudice or discrimination, as either victim or perpetrator.

Exploring Definitions

Considers language as a vital aspect of multicultural education and awareness. Participants discuss how they define words suchas prejudice, discrimination, racism, sexism, classism, and homophobia. Issues of power and institutional discrimination emerge.

Boy/Girl Pieces

Continues self-reflective processes as participants write and share short pieces about how their genderidentities were affected through childhood messages about what it meant to be a boy or a girl. This activity maintains a focus on talking about issuesfrom one's own experience instead of their perceptions of the experiences of "those people." (Adaptible for race, sexual orientation,socioeconomic class, religion, and other identifiers.)

Circles of My Multicultural Self

The Circles activity engages participants in a process of identifying what they consider to be the most importantdimensions of their own identity, while developing a deeper understanding of stereotypes as participants share stories about when they were proud tobe part of a particular group and when it was especially hurtful to be associated with a particular group.

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Understanding Prejudice and Discrimination

Exploring Definitions

Boy/Girl Pieces

Circles of My Multicultural Self

Assignment 6: reflection on concepts

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Assignment 6: Reflection on Concepts

Please answer the following questions:

  • Which concepts in this section on multicultural education fit with your current attitude towards and method of teaching? Explain.
  • Are there concepts you disagree with in part or whole? Describe your reasons.
  • Share your responses to questions 1 and 2 with your cohort.
  • Have a dialogue with your cohort. What 3 or 4 new questions can your cohort come up with together to post on your learning circle's Question Wall? Who in your group will take responsibility for postingyour learning circle's multiculturalism questions?

The role of the archetype

What is an archetype?

An archetype is a mythic figure or image (either real, imagined, or historic) that can serve as a guide for you and your students inthinking about multiculturalism. For example, a teacher might introduce students to the life and work of Leonardo Da Vinci, a fifteenth-centuryItalian scientist, inventor, and artist. When he pondered a question or idea, Da Vinci rarely looked at it from a single perspective. In hisnotebooks, you see sketches of the same flower or a bird's wing drawn from several different points of view.

Da Vinci was an observer . Da Vinci was a recorder. Da Vinci asked questions. Da Vinci was curious . Da Vinci was a multi-dimensional learner in looking at things from several points of view.

This ability to look at things from multiple perspectives can serve as a guide when looking at and learning to appreciateand celebrate cultures. An image works just as well. For example, a quilt has distinctive panels (cultural identity), while at the same time thosepanels exist side-by side to make up an entire quilt (humanity).

Teachers and students can decide who or what will be the guiding mythic figure or image for exploring multiculturalism - either inadvance or during the course of study as it arises naturally.


What mythic figure or image (either real, imagined, or historic) might serve as a guide for you and your students in their learning and thinking about cultural identity, dialogue, and multiculturalism? Read what others havesaid. Add your thoughts. Join your global colleagues in conversation at the TWB Learning Cafe.


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Questions & Answers

Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
what school?
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
sciencedirect big data base
Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
Praveena Reply
what does nano mean?
Anassong Reply
nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
do you think it's worthwhile in the long term to study the effects and possibilities of nanotechnology on viral treatment?
Damian Reply
absolutely yes
how to know photocatalytic properties of tio2 nanoparticles...what to do now
Akash Reply
it is a goid question and i want to know the answer as well
characteristics of micro business
for teaching engĺish at school how nano technology help us
Do somebody tell me a best nano engineering book for beginners?
s. Reply
there is no specific books for beginners but there is book called principle of nanotechnology
what is fullerene does it is used to make bukky balls
Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
what is the Synthesis, properties,and applications of carbon nano chemistry
Abhijith Reply
Mostly, they use nano carbon for electronics and for materials to be strengthened.
is Bucky paper clear?
carbon nanotubes has various application in fuel cells membrane, current research on cancer drug,and in electronics MEMS and NEMS etc
so some one know about replacing silicon atom with phosphorous in semiconductors device?
s. Reply
Yeah, it is a pain to say the least. You basically have to heat the substarte up to around 1000 degrees celcius then pass phosphene gas over top of it, which is explosive and toxic by the way, under very low pressure.
Do you know which machine is used to that process?
how to fabricate graphene ink ?
for screen printed electrodes ?
What is lattice structure?
s. Reply
of graphene you mean?
or in general
in general
Graphene has a hexagonal structure
On having this app for quite a bit time, Haven't realised there's a chat room in it.
what is biological synthesis of nanoparticles
Sanket Reply
how did you get the value of 2000N.What calculations are needed to arrive at it
Smarajit Reply
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