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Ch 5: Culturally Inclusive Teaching

About This Chapter

Since ELL classrooms are made up of culturally diverse students, it is important for teachers to acknowledge these diversities when teaching and communicating. This chapter focuses on these topics and is a great reference tool for students and educators preparing for certification testing or classroom time.

Culturally Inclusive Teaching - Chapter Summary

By using this chapter, you can learn strategies and practices for developing a multicultural curriculum, creating a culturally-supportive classroom, communicating with families and handling cross-cultural conflicts within a culturally diverse setting. You will find out how a teacher's own culture impacts student learning.

Cultural biases within the educational system will also be explored. Once you have completed your study of this chapter, you should be able to do the following:

  • Define and identify types of educational bias
  • Discuss bias and language differences in assessments
  • Understand the impact of a teacher's cultural background and beliefs on student learning
  • Use culturally-conscious and -relevant teaching, curriculum design and classroom development strategies
  • Discuss cross-cultural differences in the classroom and employ conflict management methods to address conflicts arising from these differences
  • Apply effective communication methods when interacting with families
  • Tell how to involve families in curriculum and instruction development

Lessons can be presented in either video or text formats and are accessible at all times, from any device, making it convenient to study when it's best for you. Each lesson takes only 5-10 minutes to review, and transcripts are printable if desired. Short self-assessment quizzes measure what you have learned and identify any topics you might need to further review.

10 Lessons in Chapter 5: Culturally Inclusive Teaching
What is Educational Bias?- Definition & Types

1. What is Educational Bias?- Definition & Types

A sad fact of life is that, sometimes, not all people are treated the same. This happens everywhere, even in educational settings. What does this look like and where does it happen? Complete this lesson to learn about bias in education.

Testing Bias, Cultural Bias & Language Differences in Assessments

2. Testing Bias, Cultural Bias & Language Differences in Assessments

Assessments are used to gain useful information about test-takers' knowledge, skills and progress. Sometimes, however, the results of these assessments are incorrect due to biases. This lesson will differentiate and discuss types of testing bias and differences among test-takers that may lead to testing bias.

How Teachers Impact Achievement of Culturally Diverse Students

3. How Teachers Impact Achievement of Culturally Diverse Students

Reflection and research are an important practice in education. One common concern that is not reflected on enough is how teachers impact the academic achievement of culturally diverse students. With a non-minority teaching population of nearly 3 times the number of minority students the challenges are evident. Read more to find out how to be 'color brave,' and address these concerns face to face.

Culturally Responsive Teaching for ELL Students

4. Culturally Responsive Teaching for ELL Students

In this lesson, you will learn about the importance of valuing and respecting students' cultural backgrounds as well as strategies for incorporating culturally relevant teaching into your classroom.

Multicultural Curriculum & Instruction Development

5. Multicultural Curriculum & Instruction Development

Our classrooms are diverse, and we as teachers need to be sensitive to the needs of our students. Culturally inclusive classrooms use a multicultural curriculum discussed in this lesson along with teaching strategies for implementation.

Creating a Classroom Environment that Supports Cultural Diversity

6. Creating a Classroom Environment that Supports Cultural Diversity

All teachers want students to feel accepted and valued in their classroom. In this lesson, learn how to create a classroom environment that supports the cultural diversity of your students.

Effects of Cross-Cultural Differences in the Classroom

7. Effects of Cross-Cultural Differences in the Classroom

Every person has a unique cultural identity. In this lesson, we will identify and explore cross-cultural differences that may occur in a classroom setting.

Mediating Cross-Cultural Conflicts in the Classroom

8. Mediating Cross-Cultural Conflicts in the Classroom

Explore how individuals influence groups and how groups function in a multicultural environment. See how collaboration, group facilitation, and conflict resolution skills are vital in creating a healthy and positive multicultural classroom climate.

Involving Families in Culturally Inclusive Curriculum & Instruction

9. Involving Families in Culturally Inclusive Curriculum & Instruction

Regardless of socioeconomic status or ethnic background, family and community involvement is critical to ensure student success. This lesson goes over three key steps to building a strong foundation toward implementation.

Communicating with ELL Parents: Outreach & Strategies

10. Communicating with ELL Parents: Outreach & Strategies

Having trouble touching base with the parents of your ELL students? Not sure where to start? This lesson will help. We will go over some strategies you can use to reach out to your students' parents.

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