(1) The Seven Principles of Culturally Responsive Teaching demonstrate how CRT is woven into every aspect of the school day, from the teacher’s personhood, to the classroom appearance, materials and function, to the methods of instruction, forms of testing, and classroom management skills. (2) Takes the position that CRT is not an add-on but an approach that can unify and permeate the entire educational experience to benefit all students. (3) Calls upon teachers to be self-reflective and become more appreciative of the giftedness of all students, and more able to find the keys to unlock their unique talents as well as to succeed in the mainstream culture. (4) Includes an array of practical strategies, teaching tips, model lessons, and resources that teachers can use or adapt to their specific contexts. (5) Written in a supportive, accessible style, the author honors classroom teachers as professionals with a natural propensity for learning.
Chapter 1: Stringing the Vertical Threads: Basic Beliefs Underlying Culturally Responsive Teaching
Stringing the Vertical Threads: Basic Beliefs Underlying Culturally Responsive Teaching
Before beginning her work, the weaver must first secure vertical threads onto the loom. This is the “warp” through which the “woof” of pattern and color will be woven horizontally. Similarly, as we approach our loom of Culturally Responsive Teaching (CRT), it is important and helpful to address some basic beliefs about ourselves and our students, and about the deeper purpose of education. These are the foundational premises throughout this book that provide a strong warp for the cloth we will weave, the distinctive texture of thought and belief underlying the very best of Culturally Responsive Teaching.
These basic precepts belong to the realm of one’s deepest convictions about life ...