Culturally Relevant Teaching


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  • Clive Davis former NFL Linebacker visits the BGC Summer Program 2011
  • Culturally Relevant Teaching

    1. 1. Jordan DeWilde Oregon Elementary School Judith Briggs Illinois state University
    2. 2. Culturally Relevant Teaching (LadsonBillings, 1994)  Teaching is an art.  Teachers have high self-esteem and hold their students in high esteem.  All students can succeed.  Teachers and students are in a collaborative learning community.  Students take leadership roles.  Bonds between teacher and student extend beyond the classroom.
    3. 3. Culturally Relevant Teaching (LadsonBillings, 1994)  Teachers use knowledge of students to build curricula in which students see themselves and their real life experiences are legitimized.  Lessons involve active research that stimulate children to grow cognitively, socially, and emotionally.  Teachers value students for who they are.  Teachers recognize the battle students have to face against the status quo. Ladson-Billings, G. (1994). The dream keepers: Successful teachers of African American children. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
    4. 4.  Not every classroom is culturally diverse.  Teaching cultural diversity is still needed.  Preparing students for the world beyond their community.  Provide positive representations of all people.
    5. 5.  Strong support of the arts  Art classes meet twice weekly, 40 minutes  779 students, grades K-6  Two full-time teachers
    6. 6. Sir Joshua Reynolds "Portrait of Samuel Johnson" Kehinde Wiley “After Sir Joshua Reynolds' Portrait of Samuel Johnson”
    7. 7. Anthony Schoonjans “Self Portrait” Oregon Elementary Student
    8. 8. Johannes Vermeer “Girl with a Pearl Earring” Oregon Elementary Student
    9. 9. • Includes all students • Teaches the value of collaboration • Provides a learning experience to an “extra project” • Encourages students to share their interests.
    10. 10.  Large unit I teach sixth grade students  Follows Cubism  Encompasses music, poetry and visual art  First student opportunity for open choice of subject matter and art media  Requires student to research
    11. 11. Music Poetry  Count Basie  Langston Hughes  Duke Ellington  Gwendolyn Bennett  Jelly Roll Morton  Clarissa Scott Delaney  Josephine Baker  Claude McKay
    12. 12.  Directed research  Students answer questions and reflect  Choose one artist as inspiration  Focus on these 3 artists:  Jacob Lawrence  Romare Bearden  Lois Mailou Jones
    13. 13. Students are to:  Create an original artwork inspired by one of the three artists  Write a poem or story to accompany their artwork  Select a song that complements their artwork
    14. 14.  Youth enhancement program.  Year-round afterschool and summer activities  Serves needs of children ages 5-18 from disadvantaged backgrounds
    15. 15.  Over 55% of the members’ yearly household incomes are $15,000 or below.  92% are children of color  73% are ages 12 and under  60% come from single- family homes (Boys and Girls Club selfpublished data, 2012).
    16. 16.  40 to 70 members per day  Well-worn building over three miles from campus.  Next to public housing.  In shadow of a large manufacturing plant.  Noise and smell of chicken.
    17. 17.  We trained volunteers to interpret each week’s lesson in a small group format for children of various ages and abilities.  We suggested ways that volunteers could successfully respect the community and meet the children’s needs.
    18. 18.  Over the course of one academic year, 49 teacher candidates, Art Educators, Theatre Educators, and Elementary Educators, voluntarily participate in the BGCFAE that serve 20 to 40 members in each of its 14 sessions.
    19. 19. BGCFAE Project Goals  Promote an empathetic understanding of K-8 student learning through active teaching.  Promote teacher candidate-student on site social relationships using arts-based curriculum.  Promote a strong sense of social equity among teacher candidates  Expose and evaluate preconceived notions of low income students  Promote a desire for continued involvement with community service.
    20. 20. Kehinde Wiley Gees’ Bend Quilters
    21. 21. Jean-Michael Basquiat Banksy
    22. 22. Romare Bearden Boys and Girls Club Child
    23. 23. Joyce J. Scott Boys and Girls Club Child
    24. 24. Sam Gilliam Boys and Girls Club Child
    25. 25. Broadway’s Lion King Boys and Girls Club Child
    26. 26. John Steptoe Boys and Girls Club Child
    27. 27. Encourage all teachers to build curricula:  in which students see themselves and their real life experiences are legitimized.  with positive representations of all people.  with understanding of the battle students have to face against the status quo.