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  • National Multicultural Institute -- This website provides resources about multiculturalism, and has training resources for purchase;
  • In fact, there may be policies in place at the district level that protect you;
  • And that means students who might really thrive under different conditions are surviving at best;
  • While all of these pieces may seem obvious to many, I see many professionals skip to step 4;
  • Culture of course includes a variety of identifies and aspects, from race, ethnicity and gender; to religion, socio-economic status and place.

Can't find what you are looking for? Contact Us Listen to my interview with Zaretta Hammond transcript: With our classrooms growing more diverse every year, teachers should be more interested in how they can best teach students from different backgrounds.

And that means students who might really thrive under different conditions are surviving at best.

Zaretta Hammond To move the needle forward a bit more, I invited Zaretta Hammond to share some common misconceptions teachers have about culturally responsive teaching. She is the author of the 2015 book Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brainwhich offers a neuroscience-based teaching framework that goes beyond surface changes to really build cognitive capacity in our students from diverse backgrounds.

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Regardless of where you are in your own understanding of this subject, taking a closer look at these four misconceptions should help you refine it a bit more. Culturally responsive teaching is the same as multicultural or social justice education.

  1. National Multicultural Institute -- This website provides resources about multiculturalism, and has training resources for purchase. How do we as architects design an outdoor classroom for our school?
  2. Multicultural Games -- links to informational sites about games from all over the world.
  3. Teachers often spend time closing it off. These were great sessions and highlighted many ways to create effective systems, but many participants were disappointed.
  4. In addition, some sample, poorly written driving questions were given to have you practice. National Multicultural Institute -- This website provides resources about multiculturalism, and has training resources for purchase.
  5. The Miller Early Childhood Initiative -- a great website that fosters multiculturalism and encourages children to respect and embrace differences. Hip Hop Education -- an article about Martha Diaz and her efforts to combine hip hop and filmmaking to teach reading, writing, and more.

Although the groups can overlap, they are not interchangeable; each one approaches diversity from a completely different angle. Pull yourself up by the bootstraps. Both resources at the bottom of this post have information about collectivism.

Culturally Responsive Teaching: 4 Misconceptions

If they are not succeeding academically within your classroom norms, your approach might need to be more culturally responsive. Culturally responsive teaching must start with addressing implicit bias. Although this is essential, Hammond says, it may not need to be the very first step, because that can delay or sometimes replace a shift in instructional practices.

Whereas when you understand inequity by design, you can actually talk about instruction but also come back to talk about microaggressions.

Multicultural Education & Culturally Responsive Teaching

The sequencing of that is really important. Culturally responsive teaching is all about building relationships and self-esteem. So the trusting relationship is just one part, and not the part.

It is the on-ramp to the kind of cognitive high-level problem-solving and higher-order thinking we want students to do. I see a lot of people just doing the relationship piece.

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Culturally responsive teaching is about choosing the right strategies. When working with teachers, Hammond is often asked to provide an actionable set of strategies that teachers can simply integrate into their practice.

But true culturally responsive teaching is more complex than that.