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Culturally Responsive Teaching

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Taylor Haese

on 9 November 2012

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Culturally Responsive Teaching What is culturally responsive teaching? Culturally responsive teaching is an approach to instruction that responds to the sociocultural context and seeks to integrate the cultural content of the student in shaping an effective learning environment. The cultural content includes aspects such as experiences, knowledge, events, values, role models, perspectives and issues that arise from the community. Cultural context refers to the behaviors, interactional patterns, historical experiences, underlying expectations, and values of students. How do we become
culturally responsive teachers? To become culturally responsive, teachers must first reflect on their own cultural assumptions, values, biases, and how they influence their expectations and interaction with students. The process of becoming a culturally responsive teacher may be challenging and frustrating but it is vital to the fullest development of all children. Strategies for teaching
culturally diverse students: In other words, culturally responsive teaching is a pedagogy that acknowledges, responds to, and celebrates cultures of all students and incorporates the cultures into all aspects of learning. Teachers must become observant and alert to the classroom behaviors and the verbal and nonverbal communication of all students. We must recognize that every student is is an individual and stereotypes about any groups must be discarded. Culturally responsive teaching occurs when teachers are sensitive to cultural differences and when culture is integrated naturally into every aspect of the classroom and learning. When students see their cultural background in the curriculum, they will be more engaged and excited to learn. Emphasize verbal interaction:
Use activities that encourage students to respond verbally. Group projects
Group discussions
Role plays
Group recitations
Responsive reading
Rap Teach students to use self-talk. Encourage students to learn new material by verbalizing it themselves and thinking aloud. Facilitate divergent thinking:
Encourage students to explore and devise unique solutions to problems. Brainstorming
Group Discussions
Responding to open-ended questions Use small-group instruction and cooperative learning. Small-group projects
Peer tutoring
Cooperative learning
Cross-age tutoring Employ verve in the classroom. Introduce verve, a high level of energy, exuberance, and action, into the classroom by displaying enthusiasm for teaching and learning. ~Choral responding
~Moving around
~Varying voice quality
~Snapping your fingers
~Use facial expressions
~Encourage students to use their bodies to act out and demonstrate content Focus on real-world tasks:
Introduce content and learning by relating it to students' home, school, and community life as well as cultures and experiences. Promote teacher-student
interactions. Ask frequent questions
Affirm students' responses
Give feedback
Offer demonstrations
Summarize material
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