(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 6: Blue Ribbons: Students Are Reinforced for Academic Development
Blue Ribbons: Students Are Reinforced for Academic Development
Culturally responsive teachers have unequivocal faith in the human dignity and intellectual capabilities of their students.
Perhaps you were deeply touched by the success of Jaime Escalante, portrayed by Edward James Olmos in the movie Stand and Deliver. Against seemingly overwhelming odds, he was able to motivate low-income city kids into levels of academic achievement they never dreamed possible. Over the years, there have been many films of this genre including Freedom Writers portraying Erin Gruwell and the made-for-TV Ron Clark Story based on his book, The Essential 55 (2003). We are affected by such true stories because many of us, as teachers, inherently ...