Culturally Responsive Teaching In Teaching

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Culturally Responsive Teaching: Valuing students from all backgrounds Einstein said: “Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” Now imagine the various students that enter the classroom. They come from all walks of life with different backgrounds and stories to tell. If educators don’t recognize that these differences do in fact exist then some of the fish that pass through those school doors will leave the building believing that they are incapable because of the trees presented for them to climb. Enter culturally responsive teaching. This method or pedagogical device is the answer to bridging this gap that students may encounter when they are not given the opportunity to show their particular geniuses or to act as their own agent in their education. What is culturally responsive teaching? Culturally responsive teaching as defined by Gay (2000) and quoted by Griner and Stewart says: “Culturally responsive teaching can be defined as using the cultural knowledge, prior experiences, frames of reference, and performance styles of ethnically diverse students to make learning encounters more relevant to and effective for them” (Griner and Stewart, 589). CRT has certain elements that give opportunities for students to be valuable assets to and in their education, such as: placing a value on the cultural groups and ethnicities students bring into the classroom and giving those cultures

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