OBJECTIVE By the end of this lesson, you will be able to identify and implement teaching methods that relate to the specific culture of your students, and as a result learn how to motivate students to learn more effectively.
But Why Do We Need to Know This Krista, Dan, and Juan? We need to know this because as future teachers it is necessary that we learn to recognize, respect, and use students’ backgrounds as a tool to motivate the students to learn.
Culturally Responsive Teaching: What Is It?! Culturally Responsive Education is the idea that culture is central to student learning. It utilizes cultural referents to impart knowledge, skills, and attitudes.
Ways to Be Culturally Responsive In Your Teaching High Expectations Being Active as a Teacher Being a Facilitator in the Classroom Positive Perspectives of the Families of Students Cultural Sensitivity Reshape Curriculum Student Controlled Classroom Discussions
High Expectations High expectations influence teacher-student relations and affect student performance and motivation. Teachers need to understand that how students act has a direct relationship to their community. Teachers need to give positive feedback to the students and praise their students. Schools need to de-track and pose challenges to the students through the curriculum.
Being Active as a Teacher To be an active teacher, you need to adapt your teaching styles to ones that empower the students to control their own learning. An example of Active Teaching: A Question-Based Curriculum Encourages students to work together on work that is socially and culturally relevant to them. This helps the students to learn both inside and outside of the school, and help them understand real-life issues.
Being a Facilitator in the Classroom Teachers need to develop learning activities that are relevant and relate to students’ and their experiences. Teachers need to have certain approaches to reach students in culturally appropriate ways. Teachers need to have knowledge of the language and culture of the students and what they play in their lives. Teachers can do this through effective classroom management.
Positive Perspectives of the Students’ Parents Parents play a huge role in Culturally Responsive Teaching. To help the parents become effective, as a teacher, you need to talk to parents as early as possible about their: Hopes for their child What they believe their child needs How you, as a teacher, can help their student You can invite the parents to participate in their students education in ways that advance their child’s education, to show your own investment.
Cultural Sensitivity As a teacher you CANNOT devalue the culture of your students, because it has demoralizing and negative effects on the students. Cultural sensitivity is based on teaching lessons in ways that are familiar to and interest the student. Teachers need to gain knowledge of the cultures represented in their classrooms to help them create lessons and methods of teaching. In doing this, the students will use their knowledge and experiences from their own culture to motivate learning.
Reshape Curriculum In order to reshape the curriculum, you need to challenge the students in a way that includes their culture, rather than ignoring it. The curriculum needs to connect to the child’s life, develops their knowledge, and uses diverse learning styles (all which are relevant to the student’s life and culture.
Student Controlled Classroom Discussions It is not only necessary for a teacher to be aware of the cultural diversity, but the students can use their experiences to involve themselves in classroom discussions. Through sharing experiences, and seeing how it relates to the lesson, they are able to advance their knowledge of the subject.