Teachers and administrators that strive to increase motivation and academic success in their students have to become of aware that their student body is becoming more diverse and so many aspects of the school’s culture must be changed. Many schools have alienated their students that come from different ethnic backgrounds by failing to make that connection between self-identity and school identity. There are many different strategies that can be implemented by school staff to make these changes and increase motivation and academic success in their students, but it comes with hard work and dedication. Culturally responsive classrooms are a way to help teachers bridge that gap between self –identity and school identity and increase motivation in their students.
What are culturally responsive classrooms?
A culturally responsive classroom is an environment where teachers and administration address the needs and interest of children so that the children can reach academic success. The way the curriculum is created and presented to the students is major. When students feel included and feel like their identity is being represented in their learning they become motivated and engaged. When the students do not feel included they become disengaged and feel as if their teachers do not care. (Ford, 2010) Teachers who change their curriculum, behavior management strategies, and praise to be more culturally responsive see dramatic, positive changes in their students. Not only do the students respond openly to the change but there is a difference in their academic success. They are much more engaged, motivated and they are actually eager to learn. It is very important as a teacher to know your students and know what methods or strategies will work in the favor of your students. As a teacher you have your own background and your own culture which you develop your curriculum around unconsciously and not all students may respond well to that. Although it may be difficult to change, there are ways to improve and create a classroom that is more culturally responsive. (Richards, Brown, & Forde, 2007)
Culturally responsive classrooms create an environment in which culturally diverse students are included, identified, nurtured and encouraged to succeed. The way teachers can create these classrooms are by validating the identities of their students in classroom practices, behavioral management strategies, and curriculum content. (Ford, 2010) It is important for teachers to eliminate racial barriers by trying to understand and meet the needs of students from various cultures. A teacher’s willingness to bridge the gap between home and school culture has many effects on students. The students begin to feel a sense of belonging and in turn begin to feel more motivated and encouraged to be there. Teachers have to become aware that student goals are all different and many are based on their cultural values. The more motivated students become the more academically successful...