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. Cultures might be different but studies have shown that all of the cultures exhibit similar thought patterns and community behavioral similarities. For a teacher to explore and understand these behavioral and cognitive patterns, he or she should be willing to spend a great deal of time reading about and observing the different cultural practices that will be useful to them in a culturally responsive classroom.
The teacher should attain a comprehensive wealth of knowledge as a first step towards planning to help learners in a culturally responsive classroom. For a teacher to be able to assist their learners who are in a culturally sensitive classroom, they should at all times strive to become aware of their learners’ traditions, cultural values, communication styles, and patterns,learner’s preferences and relationship patterns.
For an educator to be effective in a culturally sensitive classroom it is important that they not only read about the cultural beliefs and behaviors of his or her students but he or she should take time to stay with them and learn by observation and interaction some of the key cultural aspects from which the learners were raised. The books on the cultural diversity of learners, however, is quite useful when designing educational materials and lesson plans. 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.
Initially,the application of the cultural knowledge to classroom situations might sound to be drifting to overgeneralization and stereotyping. In order to avoid stereotyping and over-generalization,it is important for the teacher to thoroughly examine the 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.
For teaching and learning to be smooth and effective in a culturally responsive classroom it is important for teachers to perceive each student’s attitudes and behaviors as an individualized and dynamic concept. 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.