In our April faculty forum, faculty colleagues shared their approaches towards implementing culturally responsive pedagogy in their own teaching. Throughout the forum, the importance of reflection and representation emerged again and again as common themes.
For short video recaps of the forum, read on!
Omar Gonzalez shared how he has begun using OER and interactive materials to guide students in developing a critical understanding the nuances of history. He shares a wonderful example how we can create meaningful assignments in which students are able to connect their own identities to course content.
Cecil Worthen discussed how he connects with students by sharing his own past experiences in community college. He provides a wonderful example of how we can identify with students and help students to identify with us. Bonus- he shares how he uses a liquid syllabus as a way to begin connecting with students before the semester begins.
Jeff Newby shared a wonderful assignment he calls “Marginalized Voices.” He uses this assignment as a way to put students in a position of power to disrupt traditional power dynamics in the classroom. This open pedagogy approach helps to facilitate students’ taking an active role in their own learning. This assignment example is a great model of a way to create representation in the class so students are empowered to contribute.
Katie Zeoli noted the importance of reflecting on one’s own positionality. She also reflected on the importance of understanding the historical and social context of the discipline in which you teach.
In addition to the wonderful commentary from faculty, we shared the following resources in the chat:
- Zaretta Hammond’s blogcast where she notes that the place to start with culturally responsive pedagogy is relationships and responsiveness.
- A blog post on “Demystifying Equity Minded Teaching: Focusing on Relationships, Responsiveness, and Reflection”
- An insightful article “Culturally Relevant and Culturally Responsive: Two Theories of Practice for Science Education” on the difference between culturally relevant and culturally responsive (Bonus- if you’re wondering how culturally responsive pedagogy can be applied to STEM, this article focuses on science education).