Culturally Responsive Teaching is a tremendous shift in the way schools have operated in the past. The teacher has traditionally disseminated knowledge while the students take on a passive role in the classroom. This mindset and teaching philosophy needs to be changed if we are to reach all learners.
According to Gloria Ladson-Billings, a pedagogical theorist and professor at UW-Madison, Culturally Responsive Teaching is is a pedagogy that recognizes the importance of including students’ cultural references in all aspects of learning. We are going to outline how Culturally Responsive Teaching should become part of your teaching philosophy and practice on a daily basis.