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, 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 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.
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Watch how Toca Life: School incorporates diverse characters into their game. Allowing learners to see themselves reflected in the game is a step towards engaging and integrating their cultural practices.