Learning about students' cultures and connecting them to instructional practices helps all students feel like valued members of the community, which improves Motivation and can mitigate Stereotype Threat. 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 high school teacher uses courageous conversations to discuss difficult topics around race and equity, giving students the opportunity to connect their learning to their own lives and build their Critical Literacy skills. By creating a safe space for students to share their emotions and experiences, they are building a supportive and inclusive classroom community that helps students develop their own identities and beliefs.
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Learn how Mission US incorporates diverse historical and fictional characters into their history game. By allowing learners to take on different roles and having them see themselves reflected in the stories, they navigate historical events and engage with the content in a more immersive manner.
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