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The fact that America is a rapidly changing racial and cultural landscape is no secret: some believe that by 2050 America will have become a "minority-majority." This means that the percentage of minorities in the US will actually make up a majority of the population. As teachers, we must learn to address the needs of individuals who are coming to us from such a wide variety of cultural backgrounds. Do we know how, or do we only think we know how? Taking about 50 minutes to learn about culturally responsive teaching (CRT) we can begin to do a better job. These videos give an introduction to CRT and includes some techniques that you can use to help students from diverse backgrounds succeed together. The videos are above. Here is what you'll find: 1. Valerie Purdie-Vaughns on Unintentional Bias (3:04) In this short video from Big Think, researcher Valerie Purdie-Vaughns explains how bias and assumptions can unconsciously affect the way you act. This is a good intro to cultural discrimination. 2. Expanding Teacher Self-Knowledge (1:27) Self-reflect. Bias is often unconscious. Teachers need to first be aware of assumptions about themselves and their students in order to become a culturally responsive teacher! 3. Office Chat: Culturally Responsive Teaching (9:24) In this interview, Dr. Kavatas Newell, a faculty member at the University of Mary Washington, introduces some initial ways that teachers can incorporate culturally responsive teaching methods into their classrooms. 4. The Danger of a Single Story (19:16) Author Chimamanda Adichie's amazing TED talk introduces "The Danger of a Single Story." Basically, don't just teach "the usual:" look beyond the classics to see what value you can share by looking at stories that many students can find themselves in. 5. Building Trust With Families (14:12) More and more students are English language learners. Although this video is long at 14 minutes, the panel of teachers and principals organized by Colorin Colorado offers great tips for connecting with the families of ELLs. 6. Recognizing Individual Characteristics (1:10) Remember to respect students' individuality, even as you learn more about cultural differences and introduce more responsive practices into the classroom. 7. Education: Culture Matters (14:25) This video shows how students from the native Hawaiian population thrive when they learn in programs that incorporate their cultural heritage and traditions.
Thanks for these, @greggr! This year we have students from 23 different countries, but for many of these students, they are the only one from their country. Just yesterday we talked about how being a digital citizen means being aware of cultural differences. Even something as simple as realizing when major holidays fall can be so important! I'll be sharing this with the teachers at my school.
@nehapatel Have you had a chance to take a further look at any of them yet? @LibraryLady That's wonderful to hear: I had the idea last year, thanks to one student, to put a calender in the room and allow each student to add the holidays most important to them to calendar. We got some quirky holidays, but I think it really helped our students see the variety that cultures can provide.
Thank you for sharing these videos @greggr! While I don't think 7 simple videos are going to train us to learn to be automatically culturally responsive, we have to start somewhere.
I only watched the first two videos so far, but I have to say thst this kind of learning is important for work and general social environments as well!