(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 4: Yellow Ribbons: Interactions Stress Collectivity as Well as Individuality
Yellow Ribbons: Interactions Stress Collectivity as Well as Individuality
Here the central question is whether we are educating students in ways that make them responsive to the claims of community upon their lives. Are they simply learning to compete for scarce rewards as isolated individuals, or are they learning how to create communities of abundance in their lives, both as learners and as citizens?
In many ways, a good and healthy life consists of creating a dynamic balance between our individual identity and our sense of collective belonging. Parker Palmer, a truly visionary educator, has been a mentor for me in this regard. About 20 years ago, I sat ...