Learning about students' cultures and connecting them to instructional practices helps all students feel like valued members of the community. When teachers integrate the cultural knowledge students bring to the classroom into math problems and projects, 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 teacher uses a square to discuss related math concepts in her cultural context. By relating Geometric Reasoning and Measurement to her and her students' culture, she creates a meaningful narrative that connects math to their lives.