One AMAZING positive about the internet? The instant access to information.
If you are like me, you can find information on any topic by reading an article or book, listening to a podcast, watching a youtube video… But when you learn the information, then what?
For me, I write down what I learned (i.e. this blog as an example) and then I make plans to tweak what I am DOING based on what I learned.
To this end, I wanted to share with you the most recent article that I read Culturally Responsive Teaching: A Guide to Evidence-Based Practices for Teaching all Students Equitably by Basha Krasnoff and published by the Region X Equity Assistance Center Education Northwest. This article is full of practical strategies educators can use immediately in their work with students. To read the FULL article, see the link at the bottom of this post.
Strategy 1: Welcoming students
Welcome students into your classroom (or school) by greeting each student by name and maintaining eye contact. All students want to be known and valued and these simple gestures will go along way in connecting with students as you build community in your classroom.
Strategy 2: Sharing culture
Acknowledge the different cultures and diversity in your classroom by creating opportunities for students to share with their classmates their own culture, but also learn about other cultures in the school and the world. In the article, there were a variety of suggestions, but one easy idea could be to have students share with their classmates the origin of their last name or a family tradition they do often.
Strategy 3: Learning culture differences
As an educator, learn about the different cultures that are represented in your classroom. This learning can take place in many forms, but one simple way is asking students questions and then using that information to shape future instructional opportunities.
Strategy 4: Inviting students to dialogue about learning
Involve the students in reviewing current instructional activities and then make the adjustments. When students have the opportunity to reflect on their own learning with their teacher, this could help shape future learning experiences. Consider asking the student about different culturally responsive literature choices, how to continue to build background, graphic organizers, examples, scenarios etc.
Strategy 5: Creating Community
As Maya Angelou once said, “I have learned that people forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel”. Students remember experiences where they are known by others, they feel safe and collaboration is encouraged. How can your classroom be this for kids?
As I said earlier, this article is worth the review (click here) and has additional strategies you could try in your classroom tomorrow.
Cheering you on in your work with kids!