How Teachers Can Foster Culturally Responsive Virtues In A Classroom Setup
An educator is expected to appreciate and understand other people’s cultures apart from thoroughly examining his or her own culture in terms of values and beliefs. Researchers have shown that even though cultures can be different, they still have similarities in thought patterns as well as community behaviors. A teacher needs to read a lot about the different cultural values and practices and spend a reasonable amount of time making observations about the various cultural standards and practices so that they will be of help to their learners in a culturally responsive classroom.
Teachers need to do extensive research and accumulate solid knowledge base about the various cultures from which learners are bred if they will be sensitive, helpful and relevant to his or her students in a culturally sensitive classroom. A teacher is expected to familiarize themselves with the traditions, cultural values, learning preferences, communication styles and relationship patterns of their learners as a good basis of being sensitive and helpful to their learners 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. It is through a proper understanding of the learners background culture that the educator can be able to interpret the learners’ cognitive behaviors and attitudes from their standpoint of the culture in which the learners grew 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.
Initially,the application of the cultural knowledge to classroom situations might sound to be drifting to overgeneralization and stereotyping. If you want to overcome the problem of over-generalization and stereotyping, it is important to that you do a thorough examination of the key general cultural practices of the learners. When a teacher carefully examines and evaluates these cultural aspects they will be able to better understand how some cultural aspects are expressed in the classroom setting.
The learner’s culture should always be viewed as an individualized and dynamic concept for effective teaching and learning in a culturally responsive classroom. An individual’s culture encompasses a sum of many aspects and as such every teacher should see each learner as an individual with his or her personality first and not as a member of a member of a group in order to avoid stereotyping.