Ways In Which Teachers Can Foster Culturally Responsive Classrooms
A tutor is ready to learn and understand the culture of other people once they have mastered their own cultural beliefs and values. Cultures might be different but studies have shown that all of the cultures exhibit similar thought patterns and community behavioral similarities. In order to stay relevant and be able to be of help to learners in a culturally responsive classroom,an educator should read widely and observe extensively about the various cultures from which the students were brought up.
For an educator to fully understand and meet the needs of their learners in a culturally responsive environment they need to widen their knowledge and do extensive research about the diverse cultures from which they are brought up in. Educators should always be familiar to their students’ traditions, learning preferences, cultural values, relationship patterns, and communication styles so that they discharge their duties accordingly especially in a culturally sensitive classroom.
While it is possible to get a glimpse of some of the aspects of culture through reading,it is good to remember that it is only by interacting with the members of that society and observing their behaviors that a teacher can truly be said to have understood all the cultural aspects. However, you will find the cultural books to be of great value when you are preparing for class sessions, lesson plans, and learning materials. When a teacher has thoroughly grasped the cultural beliefs and traditions in which the learners grew up, he or she can then positively interpret the classroom behavior and attitudes based on the culture from which the learners were brought up. Any educator who teaches in a culturally responsive classroom is expected to fully understand the influence of the cultural background of their learners on how they grasp concepts in class and their attitudes and behaviors towards each other and the subjects being taught.
It might appear as if it is difficult to use knowledge of various cultural patterns in a culturally responsive classroom without stereotyping and overgeneralization. In order to avoid stereotyping and over-generalization,it is important for the teacher to thoroughly examine the general cultural practices of the learners. A thorough examination and evaluation of the various key aspects of the culture enables the teacher to appreciate when these aspects are expressed positively or otherwise in the classroom scenario.
A teacher in a culturally responsive classroom should only view each learner’s cultural beliefs and attitudes as a dynamic and individualized conceptualization so that learning can be effective in a culturally responsive classroom. Each learner should be viewed as an individual first before they can be judged as a member of some homogenous group so that the risk of stereotyping is avoided because each person’s attitude and behavior is a combination of many other factors.