Learning about students' cultures and connecting them to instructional practices helps all students feel like valued members of the community, which improves Motivation. When teachers integrate the cultural knowledge students bring to the classroom, they help students draw on their Background Knowledge to better understand and relate to the material. This strategy is one that supports the practice of culturally responsive teaching and is meant to be used with other strategies that also allow representation of all learners in the curriculum.
Watch how this elementary teacher uses morning meeting to better understand students' emotions and learn more about individual students' interests and backgrounds. By creating a safe space for students to share their emotions and experiences, they are building a supportive and inclusive classroom community.
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Watch how Toontastic incorporates diverse characters into their animation and storytelling app. Allowing learners to see themselves reflected in the stories they create is a step towards engaging and integrating their cultural practices.