Right now I am in an education class called K-12 Diversity, and as the name implies we learn about different diversities within the classroom and how we can adapt our classroom to best meet the needs of all of our students. So far we have touched on different religions. Currently we are working on a group project where we look at the diversity in Winona through socioeconomic status, race, religion, education, technology, gender, age, and sexual orientation. I think this is a very interesting project because a lot of times we become so accustomed to what we know that we sometimes forget to look at what is really there. Winona has an interesting dynamic with the three universities (Saint Mary’s, Winona State, and Southeast Technical College), so the town is very different during the summer months. Winona is an old logging town, and continues to have a similar feel depending on the area of town. After this project we are going to delve into Native American culture and how that is impacting our classrooms today.
“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” — Henry David Thoreau