Top 10 Culturally Responsive Teaching Checklist
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This short article is full of great insights, strategies, and reflections about the practicality of implementing culturally responsive teaching practices into one’s classroom. If you have time, I strongly suggest you read this nine-page article. If not, keep reading.
Top 10 Benefits of Culturally Responsive Teaching
- Stronger teacher-student relationships
- Stronger student-student relationships
- Greater understanding across cultures
- Greater cultural competence among teachers and students
- More inclusive world-views developed among students
- Safer classroom culture for students to take risks
- Increased esteem for self and others.
- Positions teachers and students as co-learners and co-facilitators of learning.
- Increased student engagement and academic outcomes
- Exposure to different world views and perspectives concerning systemic inequality
Top 5 Challenges of Culturally Responsive Teaching
- Lack of comfortability with facilitating discussions about controversial topics (e.g., Black Lives Matters)
- Religious beliefs or personal values that conflict with student identities, family values, etc. (e.g., LGBTQ students and families).
- Unwillingness or inability to reflect on one’s own biases, prejudices, and privileges.
- Confusion about the difference between treating students equally versus equitably.
- Lack of time and resources to acquire and implement culturally responsive teaching strategies.
Culturally Responsive Teaching Checklist
- Root classroom dialogue at the intersection of student identities, the current socio-political context (e.g., race, class, gender), and systemic inequality.
- Establish classroom norms to ensure that multiple perspectives/voices are represented in all classroom discussions and activities.
- Operate as the facilitator of student-led discourse and learning activities.
- Develop a culture of risk-taking among students through team building activities and scaffolding.
- Commit to addressing, through education, any and all incidents of racism, prejudice, and disrespect to establish an environment of trust and respect.
- Diversify student groupings to ensure multiple perspectives are represented.
- Create opportunities for students to choose how to demonstrate their learning.
- Determine students’ prior understanding of content ahead of lesson planning through surveys, 1:1 check-ins, etc. to ensure that how and what you teach reflects who you teach.
- Conduct an audit of all classroom materials to make sure they are inclusive of all students.
- Integrate the representation of marginalized groups throughout the year versus only during calendar celebration months (e.g., Hispanic Heritage Month).
As such, a change in basic assumptions is necessary to highlight cultural responsiveness as an educational asset, as well as cultural identity and integrity as something to be fostered positively and embraced.