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(Solved) Why Is Being Culturally Responsive Important?

Expressing interest in your students’ ethnic and cultural backgrounds is fundamental to creating a culturally responsive classroom 🙌 Make sure to learn the correct pronunciation of your students’ names and encourage them to share their family traditions with their classmates 😎 This could be in the form of a family history report where students research their cultural heritage and present what they learn 👍 Or you could take a less formal approach and ask your students to bring one of their family’s favourite foods to share with the class. You are a role model. Show others how to respect and appreciate differences. [1]
Previous studies have found that drawing from students’ cultural knowledge and norms contributes favorably to reading comprehension and mathematical thinking. Neuroscience research shows that this may be partly due to the way people learn new information when it is connected to existing knowledge. In other words, using texts, materials, and examples that draw from students’ cultural schemas and background knowledge makes learning easier because it leverages students’ existing neural pathways. But that’s not all. Neuroscience research has shown that brains are influenced by culture. Students who have strong oral traditions learn the most from music and stories. For this reason, when culturally responsive teachers use repetition, rhythm, movement, and visuals during instruction they’re also strengthening neural pathways for comprehension. Chaun Gorman, Shantou China (last edited 29 days back) [2]
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Facultyfocus.com It is important to learn about each student in order to design and implement our curriculum. It is our responsibility as instructors to understand the backgrounds and challenges of our students so that we can better address these issues. It is a great way to get to know students. You can do this by asking students questions, taking student inventories or interviews. The questions can also be tailor-made to suit the student’s level. Questions might include information about students’ likes and dislikes, personal interests, responsibilities outside of school, and especially their opinions about courses and/or teachers they have perceived to be effective or ineffective. We may also ask more mature students questions regarding their experiences with racism in the academic setting. Many students share stories from their own personal lives that are deeply affecting them. This can be very motivating kind of information can assist educators in better meeting their students’ needs. It is important to establish a rapport with your classes and break the ice before the start of each semester. Situations can change during the school year or semester. Sometimes students find themselves in a difficult situation. Knowing more about students will help us to understand and assist them. For their insight, we are truly grateful to Teona from Samut Sakhon in Thailand. [3]
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Teaching that is culturally sensitive goes well beyond a basic understanding of classroom structure. High levels of cultural competence are essential for teachers to be able to react and learn from challenging situations that result from differences in culture and the diversity among their students. While virtues of tolerance and respect are paramount in a teacher’s ability to fully embrace a culturally diverse classroom, they don’t necessarily ensure the capacity to navigate the difficult situations. When it comes to acting with a heightened understanding of culture, teachers – at home and those teaching abroad – need to be some of the most well-equipped professionals in the world. Darus Carnes updated the information on July 25, 2019, [4]
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Do you remember the TV show, “Cheers”? I’m doing. It brought a smile on my face to listen to the theme song. Everybody knew their names when they entered the bar managed by Sam Malone, Ted Dansen. This was an enjoyable place to be. An educator who is culturally aware looks out for ways for students to interact socially. This can be a great benefit. Yes, students may have to move out of their comfort zone, but it is important to know their classmates’ names. Short icebreakers can help students learn about one’s background and culture values. It is possible for students to discover they have similar values, and that their culture values are closer than what they think. Cheryl Alvarez, Port Of Spain Trinidad And Tobago (January 20, 2020). [5]

Refer to the Article

  1. https://soeonline.american.edu/blog/culturally-responsive-teaching
  2. https://www.newamerica.org/education-policy/edcentral/5-ways-culturally-responsive-teaching-benefits-learners/
  3. https://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/equality-inclusion-and-diversity/five-essential-strategies-to-embrace-culturally-responsive-teaching/
  4. https://www.teachaway.com/blog/why-culturally-responsive-teaching-matters-now-more-ever
  5. https://todayslearner.cengage.com/the-benefits-of-culturally-responsive-teaching/
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