How To Teach Tolerance at Home and In The Classroom
The Values of Tolerance are fundamental skills for children, as well as for adults. Being tolerant does not mean that you have to tolerate someone’s ugly behavior. In any case, tolerance helps us with the different challenges we face.
For children, home and school are the main social circles and represent the first learning spaces that will impact how they see the world when they become adolescents and adults. This means that teaching and learning tolerance from an early age is vital for developing emotionally healthy young people.
Teaching tolerance in the classroom can help educate children to be inclusive, thoughtful and mindful. Toley Ranz is here to help spread tolerance in schools – read on to find out!
Why Does Tolerance In The Classroom Matter?
Part of raising smart, strong children happens through the fostering of love, respect, and tolerance among and for them. Tolerance is essential to creating a healthy childhood and happy classrooms to prevent bullying and harassment. Furthermore, it helps children who might have a difficult home situation, feel safe and heard at school.
School is a fundamental place where children learn more than numbers and letters. They learn social and emotional skills. Teachers are often involved in more than just academics with children. They are part of children’s daily lives; like parents, they see their students grow, face challenges, and cope with complex daily and family situations.
Embracing tolerance in the classroom is crucial to creating respectful and caring environments in which children learn academic skills and grow into emotionally healthy young people.
Ways Of Embracing Tolerance At Schools
Tolerance can be taught through various strategies and approaches, ranging from academics to small details in a student’s routines. Here are some tips for teaching and learning tolerance in a classroom:
- Educate Yourself First: While we can raise tolerant children or learn to be tolerant as adults, it is always a good idea to be exposed to unfamiliar cultural, religious, or political topics. Try to dig into more diverse material and sources of information that nourish you with different points of view.
- Consider Your Student’s Backgrounds: Tint your classroom with diversity and tolerance by recognizing among your students the different genders, races, cultural backgrounds, and personalities that make up the classroom and how important each one is.
- Make Agreements: Decorate the classroom with healthy messages about respect and tolerance to follow. Consider writing them down as “positive” rules and discuss them with the children.
- Seek Diverse Representation In Books: Consider using material that features different ethnicities, genders, and races so that children can feel represented.
- Recognize Emotions: Foster empathy by acknowledging your students’ feelings. This can help them understand how much a situation of intolerance can hurt and how important it is to be a respectful and supportive partner.
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