Culturally Responsive Practice

My selected factors and strategies for supporting the variability of learners with culturally responsive strategies.

Some factors to consider for culturally responsive Instruction

Literacy 7-12

A Sense of Belonging allows us to feel included, respected, and supported in school.

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In our society, there are many stereotypes that exist about the academic abilities of learners based on characteristics such as their race, gender, disability, and socioeconomic status.

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Learning is powerful when we learn with and from each other.

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Metacognition allows us to think about how we think and learn.

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Attention is the ability to focus on a specific task without being distracted.

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With our Working Memory, we recall and apply the knowledge stored in our Short- and Long-term Memories to help understand what we are reading and to plan writing.

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The trauma that comes from experiencing adversity in childhood releases stress hormones that can lead to changes in the body and brain.

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A student's Literacy Environment includes the resources provided by their home, school, and community that helps them develop their literacy skills.

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Primary Language is the language a person has been exposed to from birth.

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Students build knowledge from their experiences both in and out of school.

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Critical Literacy is the ability to identify purposes, motives, and potential biases of a particular text to enhance overall comprehension and critical thinking.

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Building students' Vocabulary and ability to decode unfamiliar words helps with reading comprehension and effective writing.

strategies to foster sense of belonging

Building Trusting Relationships

Literacy 7-12

Building positive and trusting relationships with learners allows them to feel safe; a Sense of Belonging; and that their academic, cognitive, and social and emotional needs are supported.

Building Empathy

Literacy 7-12

Developing empathy in educators and in learners is an iterative process that requires taking the time to understand and honor others' perspectives.

Strengths-based Approach

Literacy 7-12

A strengths-based approach is one where educators intentionally identify, communicate, and harness students' assets, across many aspects of the whole child, in order to empower them to flourish.

Foster Growth Mindset

Literacy 7-12

+When students are aware that learning involves effort, mistakes, reflection, and refinement of strategies, they are more resilient when they struggle.

Family Engagement

Literacy 7-12

Students whose families are involved and feel valued within the school community are less likely to miss school, which research has shown can cause students to fall behind academically.

Incorporate Students' Cultural Practices

Literacy 7-12

Learning about students' cultures and connecting them to instructional practices helps foster a Sense of Belonging and mitigate Stereotype Threat.

strategies to support critical thinking

Evaluating Sources

Literacy 7-12

Teaching students how to systematically evaluate sources prepares them to navigate in an increasingly complex, digital world.

Producing Counter-texts

Literacy 7-12

When students write from a non-dominant or marginalized perspective, they consider and give voice to points of view that are often missing.

Multiple Texts

Literacy 7-12

Providing multiple texts on the same topic or theme allows students to interact with multiple perspectives and develop their critical thinking skills.

Discussing Race with Students

Literacy 7-12

Discussing race with students can range from celebrating the importance of diversity to understanding the impact of racism from the perspective of those who have been historically marginalized.

Selecting Culturally Responsive Texts

Literacy 7-12

Selecting culturally responsive reading materials, including multicultural and diverse texts, is critical for supporting all students.

Real-world Math

Math 7-10

When teachers connect math to the students' world, students see how math is relevant and applicable to their daily lives.

strategies to support student agency

Student Choice

Literacy 7-12

Giving students voice and choice in their learning is critical for making learning meaningful and relevant to them, an important aspect of promoting Sense of Belonging.

Growth Mindset Feedback

Literacy 7-12

Providing feedback that focuses on the process of developing skills conveys the importance of effort and motivates students to persist when learning.

Student-led Conferences

Literacy 7-12

Student-led conferences are meetings between students, parents, and teachers where the student actively leads the conversation by reflecting on their progress toward goals and sharing examples of their work.

Goal Setting & Monitoring

Literacy 7-12

Setting overall goals with actionable steps for achievement can help students feel more confident in their skills and abilities.

Project-based Learning

Literacy 7-12

Project-based learning (PBL) actively engages learners in authentic tasks designed to create products that answer a given question or solve a problem.

Strategies to mitigate bias

Developing Your Cultural Awareness

Literacy 7-12

Developing cultural awareness as an educator is an ongoing process that includes building empathy for the full diversity of students, intentionally recognizing how one's own identity intersects with students' identities, and creating an awareness of how the learning environment can impact students' Sense of Belonging.

Equitable Grading

Literacy 7-12

Equitable grading systems and practices reimagine how to assess and communicate student progress through various methods that reduce subjectivity and increase opportunities to learn.

Journaling

Literacy 7-12

Journaling allows students to reflect on their thinking and feelings, process their learning, and connect new information to what they know, supporting their identity development and Sense of Belonging.