3 Tips to Make Any Lesson More Culturally Responsive The author of the book Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain explains some specific strategies in this blog. She explains that culturally responsive teaching uses strategies to employ the brain’s memory systems and information processing structures for learning.
Creating a Culturally Responsive Classroom The author of The First Year Teacher Survivor Guide offers some great resources and ideas for incorporating a variety of cultures in your classroom into a productive group.
Culturally Responsive Teaching and ELLs In this article by Judie Haynes, she refers to the work of Geneva Gay and her award winning book, Culturally Responsive Teaching: Theory, Research, and Practice in 2000. Judie then offers her own ideas adapted from Gay’s work.
Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain This blog talks about the book by the same name which is created around the Ready for Rigor Framework. It outlines four tools for effective culturally responsive teaching: awareness, learning partnerships, information processing and community building.
Engaging Culturally Diverse Parents The role of the parent in their child’s education can vary based on cultural differences. This article explains some of these different points of view along with suggestions for encouraging parent involvement.
Lessons: Being Culturally Responsive Teaching Tolerance is a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center. This site provides a video on cultural responsiveness and discusses the question: What is domestic literacy? Why is it important to include students’ cultural references in a lesson?
On Being Mindful of Cultural Differences It’s important to recognize and understand cultural differences of your students so you can provide a healthy environment for learning. Cultural differences may include: eye contact, asking questions, smiling at inappropriate times, unwillingness to debate and not asking questions.
Resources: How to Be Culturally Responsive Haywood Unified School District in California has put together many resources including articles, bibliographies of children’s books, instructional strategies and much more.
The ESL Teacher as a Culture Broker Judie Haynes explains that it is important to understand the cultures of second language learners. Unraveling the misinterpretations of classroom teachers is also part of the ESOL teacher’s job.
What is Culturally Responsive Pedagogy? Diversity in our public schools means that districts need to become familiar with the cultures of all their students who are of many ethnicities, races, beliefs, and creeds.
Building Bridges: A Peace Corp Classroom Guide The NAFSA-Association of International Educators offers a downloadable guide to cross-cultural understanding. Topics include: Culture in the US, Culture beyond the US and an Appendix with other ways to take action to build bridges between cultures.
Country Profiles Kwintessentials offers a global guide to countries, cultures and customs. It includes languages, useful phrases, and helpful information about the many different cultures.
Cultural Iceberg Language and Culture Worldwide (LCW) offers this site which provides many important cultural concepts. One of these is the concept of the Cultural Iceberg. What we can see is often the tip of the iceberg regarding culture while there is much more hidden beneath the surface.
Cultural Orientation Resource ExchangeThe Cultural Orientation Resource Exchange (CORE) provides cultural orientations to newly arriving refugees from many countries. This site offers free downloadable programs which can be used by educators to help families with adjusting to the US culture.
Culturally Responsive This site provides webinars, videos, and printouts from their workshops. There is also a Responsive Reads section that gives book suggestions to help provide more culturally responsive resources in your classroom.
Culture Crossing Guide Click an area on the map and then a specific country to learn more about the different social practices and customs there.
Ethnologue Ethnologue provides information about over 7,000 languages. Language development, maps and statistics are included.
Helpful Phrase Books in Many Languages The Cultural Orientation Resource Center has developed phrasebooks for approximately fourteen refugee groups including: Spanish, Chinese, Russian and Vietnamese. These books include language useful for communicating in everyday life.
Language & Country Projects Graduate students of the M.Ed. in TESL Program at Rhode Island College developed the Languages of RI Project .Other resources include information about a variety of countries, booklists, and recommended readings.
Language and Culture The New York State Statewide Language Regional Bilingual Education Resource Network (Language RBERN at NYU/Steinhardt) provides descriptions of many languages and cultures here. Also included are a variety of educational ideas such as cultural dos and don’ts.
Multicultural Lesson Plans & Resources A great list of multicultural lesson plans and links relating to culture has been offered here by a professor from the Colleges of St. Benedict and St. John’s University.
The World Factbook By clicking the online map, the CIA Factbook gives the visitor helpful information on the history, culture, politics, finances, geography, global issues and much more concerning each country featured here.
Folktales and Legends-Hispanic Heritage Colorin Colorado provides several interesting Hispanic books with summaries and appropriate grade levels. These stories are a combination of popular stories, folk tales and legends.
Storynory-Myths and World Stories Storynory is a free, unique website whereby each story has a recorded reading so that users can read the text and/or listen to the story. It provides a wonderful collection of stories sorted into fairytales, myths world stories, and classic audio books.
The Treasure Box Commonly used words and phrases translated in to over 25 languages. Free student friendly charts and resources.
Topics Online Magazine Free access to over 25 issues of the magazine, which offers articles on different cultural practices, short stories and poems written by people from around the world, and information and ideas for teachers.
World Folk Tales There are folktales here from all over the World. You can search by continent or country.
The inclusion of any item on this webpage should not be construed as an endorsement of any idea or product; rather, it’s just a collection of timely information to help you sift through all the information you receive in your busy job. Feel free to contact Mid-State RBERN with any questions.