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Incorporate Students' Cultural Practices

Overview

Learning about students' cultures and connecting them to instructional practices helps foster a sense of belonging and mitigate Stereotype Threat. When educators integrate the linguistic and cultural funds of knowledge that learners bring, they help learners draw on their Background Knowledge to better understand and relate to the material, supporting Motivation and learning.

Use It in the Classroom

Watch how this kindergarten teacher incorporates students' backgrounds into her lesson. By allowing students to explore their own families while also learning about each others', she is building a supportive and inclusive classroom community.

  • Incorporate culturally oriented techniques into learning opportunities, such as call and response, music, or storytelling, to promote Attention and encoding into Long-term Memory. The teacher can integrate learner-centered stories and language into classroom instruction. Supplying a wealth of culturally responsive texts and encouraging students to bring and share artifacts of their identity and culture are two additional ways for students to see themselves reflected in the classroom environment.
  • Design It into Your Product

  • Designing products that allow learners to see their cultures represented not only engages learners but also makes the learning more accessible and relevant. Products can work with schools to design content that is meaningful for their different populations. Student choice can also be incorporated with multiple settings and character representations for learners to choose from, allowing them to connect with the work.
  • Resources

    Below are additional examples, research, and professional development. These resources are possible representations of this strategy, not endorsements.

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