Classroom Strategies: Building a Culturally Responsible Classroom

Building a Culturally Responsible Classroom

Here are some quick tips and reference points for ensuring that you support a culturally responsible classroom:

  • Culturally Competent Classrooms acknowledge the legitimacy of the cultural heritages of different ethnic groups, both as legacies that affect students’ dispositions, attitudes, and approaches to learning and as worthy content to be taught in the formal curriculum. (Gay, 2000)
  • Culturally competent classrooms build bridges of meaningfulness between home and school experiences as well as between academic abstractions and lived socio-cultural realities.  (Gay, 2000)
  • Culturally competent teachers use a wide variety of instructional strategies that are connected to different learning styles.  (Gay, 2000)
  • Culturally competent teachers teach students to know and praise their own and each others’ cultural heritages.  (Gay, 2000)
  • Culturally competent classrooms incorporate multicultural information, resources, and materials in all the subjects and skills routinely taught in schools. (Gay, 2000)
  • Culturally competent teachers create a classroom environment of respect for students and a belief in their capability while creating opportunities for academic success. (Gay, 2000)
  • […] the students expressed a need for adults who knew and understood them and showed that they cared about who they were. They worked hard for the teachers that did and ignored or outright rebelled against the teachers […]

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