I am always surprised when I share with people that being culturally responsive begins with relationships and they reject it as not “real” or “too soft”. They want to focus on social justice issues like white privilege or oppression of people of color, or they want to focus on “culture” over relationships.
A foundational premise of Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain is that relationships in the form of learning partnerships are the starting point of becoming culturally responsive as an educator. In this blogcast, I talk about the why and how of becoming more responsive starting with these three strategies:
- Humanize your interactions with all students
- Use the Neuroscience of Trust as your first CRT tool.
- Practice touching the spirit by igniting positive emotions
Have a listen.