Culturally Responsible Teaching : What Does It Really Mean?

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Culturally Responsible teaching, a term used by many future educators, but, what does it really mean? To some, it means understanding slang terms and new age lingo to stop bullying between students, others may think that it is keeping students fair and just to one another to ensure a harmonious classroom setting. Now, although these are all a side qualities of culturally responsible teaching they are not the core beliefs; instead, at its simplest it means for a teacher to put all of their previous thoughts and stereotypical ideas about a certain group of people or race aside, so that fair and just teaching can be achieved. “ According to this model of teaching, all the motivational conditions contribute to student engagement.” (Wlodkowski & Ginsberg), this is the ultimate goal of the teaching style, and as discussed further in the book and article, there are mainly four components to meeting this goal. Stereotypes, prejudices ideas, and attitudes towards a group of people will change how a teacher motivates students, and thusly, things like this must be changed or dropped altogether in a classroom, to ensure the proper learning of students. Because the vast majority of methods used to employ culturally responsible teaching come in the forms of including students or encouraging students to do something, it means all negative ideas about a student need to be dropped, this way one’s attitude is not altered toward different students. An example of how this can be used in a
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