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. 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.
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. 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.
It is not enough to read about the culture of a people but time should be set aside for interaction and observation of the cultural aspects of a society so that a teacher can be ready to effectively handle students in a culturally sensitive classroom. However, you will find the cultural books to be of great value when you are preparing for class sessions, lesson plans, and learning materials. Understanding the cognitive patterns of various cultural groups from which the learners were raised helps the teacher to interpret their interpersonal attitudes and behaviors in the context of their cultural background. Culturally responsive classrooms demand that a teacher becomes fully aware of how the culture from which the students originates affects the learners’ cognitive and behavioral patterns.
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. In order to avoid the risk of stereotyping, an educator should look at the learner as an individual first before they can be identified with a homogenous group because a person’s culture is a sum total of many aspects and influences.