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Learning about students' cultures and connecting them to instructional practices helps foster a Sense of Belonging and mitigate Stereotype threat. When educators integrate the cultural knowledge learners bring to the learning environment into mathematical problems and projects, they help learners 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.
Use It In Your Learning Environment
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.
Apply It In Your Learning Environment
To incorporate students' cultural practices, a teacher must learn about students' backgrounds, particularly how math is used in cultural traditions and practices. It is important not to make assumptions about people and their environment/culture.
Developing a critical awareness of one's own cultural lens can help to mitigate implicit bias and consider multiple ways of honoring learners' culture and practices.
Make connections to content through their shared experiences or stories during discussions. Use these opportunities to learn about learners' families and Home Learning Environment with a critical awareness of your own cultural lens.
Engage parents as part of the learning process and environment.
Integrate cultural uses of math, for example, basing word problems on how math is used in a culture and using cultural objects for Counting practice.
Incorporating culturally oriented techniques such as call and response, music, or storytelling can support cognitive routines that aid in both Attention and Long-term Memory.
Honoring students native language by using words or terms in their first language when possible can support their understanding of concepts and shows value in their culture and heritage.
Using storytelling with a focus on number stories to help students to distinguish between small and large quantities and the need to differentiate provides connections to learners' Background Knowledge. For example, "Was there a recipe at home that went wrong, because there were too many eggs or too much oil?"
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