Click here for The Responsive Classroom, an approach to elementary teaching.
Responsive Classroom emphasizes social, emotional, and academic growth
in a strong and safe school community. The goal is to enable optimal
student learning. Created by classroom teachers and backed by evidence
from independent research, the Responsive Classroom
approach is based on the premise that children learn best when they
have both academic and social-emotional skills. The approach therefore
consists of classroom and schoolwide practices for deliberately helping children build academic and social-emotional competencies.
For an enlightening Ken Pransky article click here.
great resource book by Ken Pransky is Beneath the Surface, The Hidden
Realities of Teaching Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Young
Learners. See Maggie if you'd like to look at it and get ideas.
important book for work with your team or on your own is How to Teach
Students Who Don't Look Like You--Culturally Relevant Teaching
Strategies, by Bonnie M. Davis.
See Maggie to find a copy.
Another resource is Culturally Responsive Teaching click here for another link to her site about using technology.
Gay (2000) defines culturally responsive teaching as using the cultural
knowledge, prior experiences, and performance styles of diverse
students to make learning more appropriate and effective for them; it
teaches to and through the strengths of these students.
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