Culturally Responsive Teaching Essay

1410 Words Oct 18th, 2011 6 Pages
Sean S.
Culturally Responsive Teaching
Culturally Responsive Teaching is a pedagogy that recognizes the importance of including students' cultural references in all aspects of learning (Ladson-Billings, 1994). This approach to teaching encompasses how knowledge is both communicated and perceived by the students. The teacher must have a good relationship with the parents, have high expectations, learn about their students culture, have culturally mediated student-centered instruction, willing to reshape the curriculum, and be a facilitator in order to accomplish this method of teaching. These are key points a teacher must be willing to do if they intend to be an effective teacher especially in a highly culturally diverse area like central
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This, however, can interfere with their emotional and cognitive development and result in school failure (Sheets, 1999).
Having student-centered instruction is almost required in a culturally diverse classroom. This type of instruction gives the students more freedom in making the assignment more relevant to their culture. An example of this is giving a broad research assignment that will allow them to choose something from their own culture if they want. A more specific example is have them form book clubs or literature circles and have them give presentations about the culture they read about (Daniels, 2002).
The instruction should also be culturally mediated which will allow the students to have their own interpretation instead of having the class think there is only one right way to view something. By being allowed to learn in different ways or to share viewpoints and perspectives in a given situation based on their own cultural and social experiences, students become active participants in their learning (Nieto, 1996). Teachers can do this in their classroom simply by encouraging them to let their culture influence their answers. Teaching the students the curriculum is what is important. It is not the teachers place to try and change the views of their students based off of their culture.
Teachers must be open to reshape the curriculum to keep it interesting to the students. For example, students in central Austin could care

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