Relationships: Interactions with Who You Teach
WHO STUDENTS LEARN FROM and how teachers interact with students, families, and communities must be driven by responsive relationships. See below for ways to drive your interactions to be based on authentic caring.
Latest Additions (9/30/2013)
Using Identity Collage Poems to Better Understand Students
These are getting to know you pieces that can be done anytime in the school year, but are perfect for the first weeks of school. These poems were coupled with Langston Hughes' poem, “Theme For English B” and can be done with any content or grade level. After writing these poems, students read them aloud, and poems are published in classroom spaces.
Caring For Kids Before
Capturing Student Voice in "Measuring" Cultural Responsiveness
From Ariel Diaz, Director of Corps Continuum in Phoenix
"One of our priorities in Phoenix is for our teachers to operate using Culturally Responsive Teaching. While we still have a lot to figure out to make that happen, we are clear on one thing - we want to capture student voice in "measuring" our teachers' impact with Culturally Responsive Teaching. This is how the the student questionnaire came into being.
Teachers will use this questionnaire four times per year to gauge their students' growth. With this instrument, quality trumps quantity. For example, we encourage students to pick a handful of students to interview, rather than asking all their students to respond to the questions. Also, if the teacher wants to capture their students' voice in another way, like using an open-ended writing prompt, they are encouraged to do so.
After a teacher has given the questionnaire, he/she will have a meeting with his/her MTLD to discuss student responses and as come up with ideas on how to change teaching practices to address the areas he/she wants to focus on with his/her students.
More than Partnership: Participating in the Community and Lives of Students
Teachers often think of partnering with families and communities, but culturally responsive teachers look beyond partnership and think about the ways they participate in the community as an everyday person. Ms. Calico is one of these teachers. Jamie Jenkins' story about Ms. Calico, her sixth grade teacher, exemplifies the ways in which Ms. Calico's presence and participation in the community still impacts students like Jamie years after they leave her classroom.