Your classroom as a social curriculum


Before you begin teaching you must recognize your personal beliefs and theories to analyze their possible relationships to classroom practices. To explain how those relationship from theories to methodologies, strategies, procedures, and interactions align and will achieve the success you, students, and other stake holders desire. The following categories and questions are provided to assist in this analysis.

Interact and work with students in ways that respond to and meet their diverse needs (social, academic, phsisical, emotional):

Diversity

Teaching

Learning

Interacts in culturally diverse classroom to creat certain culturally responsive social curricula

Manage your professional lives each day

Negotiate your classroom social curriculum with your students. Attain classroom flow in learning. Manage conflict.

Culturally responsive teachers must: Avoid long-standing traditional, subject-centered, top-down, and non-negotiable ways of working with students and create new ways of interacting with students to develop shared visions through mediation and negation that motivate students to take risks and seek empowerment from learning and become an ethical person and self learner.


Instructional & Communication Strategies for More Inclusive Classroom

Teachers

Validate students’ opinions
Create an equitable climate
Avoid segregation in the classroom
Find legitimate multicultural materials that are bias-free
Involve the students’ parents in the learning process
Use community resources
Keep expectations for each student reasonable but challenging
Teach students that differences are not deficiencies
Enable students to use their own cultural resources and the cultural resources of others
Encourage students to take academic risk
View yourself as one of the learners
Deal with controversial topics objectively
Use academic, socio-political, cultural and interpersonal conflicts to teach conflict resolution
Serve as a guide to your students, not a boss
Include all your students in legitimately practicing democracy in your classroom
Develop and Use Mindful Labels

Students

Are actively involved
Can achieve their goals
Are comfortable working with all types of people and using other cultural practices
Cultures are validated
See role models form their cultures on a daily basis
Know the school belongs to everyone
Believe they can learn
See their own and other’s differences as positive and not negative or stifling
Believe that all kinds of knowledge is values and personal “stories” are told
Do not fear failure – but view knowledge acquisition as a worthwhile risk
See the life-long learning process modeled by the teacher
Look at situations not people-taking the time to arrive at reasonable decisions
Learn to resolve conflicts using proven strategies and mediation
Are empowered to make decisions about their own life and learning
Validate the power of self-determination and self-definition
Students are advantaged by their traits and characteristics, not held back or miseducated.

 

Dr. Robert Sweetland's Notes ©