Culturally Responsive Teaching @ SEMS

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2 years ago
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My students really enjoyThe Watson's Go to Birmingham 1963, a culturally responsive novel that students of all backgrounds enjoy and identify with including students who are often resistant to reading. The novel teaches powerful lessons about the civil rights movement within the context of historical fiction. Stereotypes across regional, racial, and personality lines are addressed and challenged. The author, Christopher Paul Curtis creates characters and conflicts that children thoroughly enjoy. If you have not read this book, please do! Christopher Paul Curtis is a dynamic African American young adult author and a masterful storyteller. Last year, I had the opportunity to hear him speak at the High point library. He was the best speaker I have ever heard!

2 years ago
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Thanks for sharing McEnally. I agree that this novel or text is a great form of connecting to students. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hrRUeRrClI8

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2 years ago
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Our curriculum begins the school year with a research project. In recent years I have students create a multi-genre research project based on their own interests. I've had dancers, present ballet, musically inclined students play Beethoven, and my sport fanatics, present on mudding or hunting. All of these topics are directly related to their interests and speaks to who they are as people. Culturally responsive teaching can be racial, gender, or economic differences. It is essentially embracing the student's background and interests. http://www.abebooks.com/book-search/title/a-teacher%27s-guide-to-the-multigenre-research-project-everything-you-need-to-get-started/

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