(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 2: Red Ribbons: Teachers Are Personally and Culturally Inviting
Red Ribbons: Teachers Are Personally and Culturally Inviting
The climate for learning… cannot be separated from a climate in which care, concern, and love are central.
The journey through the many bright ribbons of Culturally Responsive Teaching should begin with you, the teacher. At the very heart of CRT is the child’s relationship to you as a person. Because of children’s natural trust in their teacher, your invitational style and appreciation for their uniqueness as individuals catalyzes their enthusiasm for learning. Of course, there are numerous other assets of a good CRT teacher—skills and attributes that we will address in the following chapters. Furthermore, I assume there are innumerable ways you are already personally ...