While many suggestions for promoting culturally responsive teaching seem like a 'no brainer', this list is a solid foundation of strategies for teachers working toward this goal. While a culturally diverse curriculum helps minority students develop a sense of identity as individuals, it equally helps students who represent the majority of the population as the methods depict sound teaching for all children. I found strategy #4 to be especially important and often an underestimated concern.
There are many misconceptions about culturally responsive teaching (CRT). This pedagogy doesn't mean you have to connect your lesson to a specific culture or background. Instead, it involves modeling and promoting students' unique cultural learning approaches and methods; tools they have watched their mothers, fathers, and friends apply. This resource describes three tips for amplifying any lesson with more culturally responsive teaching strategy: 1) Gamify it. 2) Make it social. 3) Storify it.
The Global Read Aloud project has the mission of selecting one book to connect the world. A book is selected for read aloud for a 6-week period. Teachers who sign up, rely on GRA to connect with other classrooms around the globe who are reading the same book. This can include Skype, Twitter, Write About or Edmodo. What a great way for teachers and classrooms to initiate and maintain global connections around the world!
Through ePals, your classroom can connect with teachers and students from around the globe while also engaging in original learning projects. You have the option of designing your own activity and choosing another class to help in your project, or you may search for a project that interests your class and then ask to join in. Either way, ePals can easily expand the depth and excitement of the learning in your classroom.