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(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.

Violet Ribbons: The Classroom Is Managed With Firm, Consistent, Loving Control
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Teachers who use these methods often find that the overall proportion of time dedicated to managing behavior is reduced. This means more instructional time becomes available. It also means that students (and teachers) have happier, more peaceful experiences of their school days.

—Amos Clifford Center for Restorative Process

In order for any of the other bright ribbons of Culturally Responsive Teaching to be effective, it is imperative to maintain the Violet Ribbons atmosphere of positive, respectful control throughout the day in the classroom. This could be said to be the heart of the work, for only within relaxed and focused classrooms can our students learn and thrive. As with everything ...

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