Culturally Responsive Teachers Analysis

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In Educating All Students: Creating Culturally Responsive Teachers, Classrooms, and Schools, Monica R. Brown establishes definitions for “students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds (CLD)”, “culturally responsive teachers (CRT)”, “culturally responsive classrooms (CRC)”, and “culturally responsive schools (CRS)”. Within these working definitions, Brown provides a framework in which she believes all teachers should strive to teach. The importance for being culturally responsive (CR) she asserts, stems from the supported research which says that “if educators were to make the effort to ensure that classroom instruction was conducted in a manner that was responsive to the students’ home culture”, then students would comprehend and retain information at higher rates with greater “improvement over time” (Brown, p.58, 2007). A “culturally responsive [educator] believes that culture deeply influences the way children learn”. When students feel that their home and community cultures are being recognized, they connect more with the content in the classroom, feel supported due to the conducive environment, and subsequently come ready to learn. Unfortunately, “too many teachers are inadequately prepared to teach students from CLD backgrounds” (Brown, p.58, 2007). Therefore, Brown presents research from…show more content…
The culturally responsive classroom “specifically acknowledges the presence of culturally diverse students and the need for these students to find connections among themselves and with the subject matter and the tasks the teacher asks them to perform” by using instructional strategies which, place students into “cooperative learning groups, [an environment wherein] culturally familiar speech and events [are discussed], [and] wait time for students from CLD backgrounds [is] adjusted to enhance classroom participation and development of critical thinking skills.” (Brown, p.60,
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