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Culturally Responsive Teaching Strategies

Culturally Responsive Teaching Strategies

By: Janelle Cox

What does it mean to be a culturally responsive teacher? Being culturally response means you have the ability to relate to people not only from your own culture, but to that of others as well. Culturally responsive teaching is your ability to engage and appeal to all learners in your classroom via unique teaching strategies, even those with distinct backgrounds. This is much more than simply knowing and understanding the background of your students. We live in a multicultural world, and incorporating these teaching strategies is becoming more necessary in order to create a successful learning environment where all students are able to thrive. Here are a few teaching strategies to help you become a more culturally responsive teacher.

Culturally Responsive Teaching Strategies

Take Time to Learn about Students

Get to know your students. As many of you already know, the more that you know about a student, the better that you are able to ensure they will succeed. By showing a genuine interest in each and every one of your students, you’re building a trust and a bond with them. The more students feel comfortable talking with you, the more they will feel comfortable talking in your classroom to their peers. Creating a culturally responsive classroom is creating a space where all students (regardless of their culture) feel comfortable.

One of the best ways to learn about your students is through the Two-by-Ten strategy. This is when you take two minutes out of your day for ten consecutive days to just sit and talk and learn about a student. By the end of the ten days you’ll have create a solid bond.