9 Things Culturally Relevant Teachers Do
- Use WICOR High Engagement Strategies
:) Be the guide on the side! Take a "WICOR Moment"
:( Don't be the sage on the stage, help students apply analyze, synthesize, and evaluate what is going on around them!
- Celebrate what you value!
:) Have a bulletin board or section of your class dedicated to students and giving them praise. What about an honor roll breakfast?
:( Don't leave class for a pep rally of sports, celebrate what you value!
- Build Relational Capacity
:) "Kids don't learn from people they don't like." Many of us have seen and heard this from Rita Pierson.
:( Don't be a punisher! Students need you to be caring and accept no excuses, and refuse to let them fail!
- Utilize Scaffolding
:) Help model backwards mapping and break it down for kids.
:( Don't change content, or just say "Do a 5 page paper."
- Left & Right Brain Instruction
:) Take into account all learning styles including left and right-brain characteristics.
:( Don't ignore those that are logical and sequential, or those that are random and intuitive. It's not just about kinesthetic, or visual learners.
- Incorporate Movement
:) Let students stand and move. Adults do it, kids need it to. Maybe have a movement center in your classroom.
:( Don't make students just sit and get.
- Activate Prior Background Knowledge
:) Ensure students come to you with prior knowledge, give it to them, activate it!
:( Don't just teach about your content, help them make connections across content and life!
- Identify and Develop Talents
:) Provide student choice in how they demonstrate their understanding.
:( Don't just do paper/pencil test.
- Consider Seating Arrangements
:) Utilize flexible seating, groups, teams, partners, etc.
:( Don't put students in cemetery rows for sit and get.
- Bonus: Establish Verbal and Non-Verbal Cues
:) Utilize call and response like "When I say SCHOOL you say ROCKS." "SCHOOL"....
:( Don't flash the lights, or yell over kids.
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