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Use Culturally Responsive Language

Students who are from diverse backgrounds use different language. When teaching, try and incorporate using their language to help build understanding for the other students. One of the biggest misconceptions about culturally responsive teaching is that you need to incorporate racial pride into your lessons. However, many diverse students use different words or use memory strategies that incorporate rhythm and words to help make learning stick. Try using words to be more culturally responsive by making it more like the students’ own cultural learning process. This can help all students to engage more and process the content more effectively.Related Articles

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Bring in Diverse Guest Speakers

Invite diverse speakers to come to the classroom and share their knowledge. By inviting diverse speakers, you’re engaging students who share a culture with them. Research shows that there are academic benefits for students who share the same ethnic/cultural background as those of their teachers.

Deliver Diverse Forms of Content  

Culturally responsive teaching focuses on the students. One way to ensure that each unique child is getting what they need academically and emotionally from the classroom is to adapt your teaching. Look at your curriculum and modify your instruction to include all students’ backgrounds. Culturally diverse students are said to be more engaged in their learning when they can connect with their own experiences (culturally).

Gamify Learning

One of the best ways to diversify content is to gamify it. One thing students love about games is besting a score and earning a badge. Try setting goals and offering awards for completing tasks, it can be a great way for students of all cultures to learn. Plus, gamifying learning is a great way to help students of all cultures learn to process and understand content better.

Utilize Different Forms of Technology

Books, movies, computers, and tablets can all effectively help children of diverse cultures learn and address their needs. Using different forms of technology and media in your classroom can not only help to boost student engagement levels, but it can also help to depict a variety of cultures that students wouldn’t have been exposed to if technology wasn’t utilized.

Present Real-World Problems

Presenting a relatable real-world problem is a great strategy to use in a culturally responsive classroom. When you present a relatable problem for students to solve, you’re giving students the opportunity to look for a cultural link as well use their own cultural awareness to solve the question. Try and use or create a scenario using ethnic events. Students can then solve the problem using their own diverse expertise.

Consistency is key to being a more culturally responsive teacher. Try using all of the teaching strategies listed above daily to ensure that you are meeting the needs of all culturally diverse students.

What do you think of culturally responsive teaching strategies? Is it a fad or is it here to stay? Please share your thoughts on this topic in the comment section below, we’d love to hear what you have to say.