Culturally Responsive Teaching (CRT) implementation in daily lessons supports teachers' understanding of culturally responsive teaching. This strategy gives background knowledge to educators about the necessity of culturally responsive teaching in education, along with reflection questions to further educators' understanding. CRT implementation will increase student engagement and academic achievement. This strategy gives real examples of changes teachers can make to enhance their lessons to be more culturally responsive for their students.
Classroom norms as character traits give the opportunity for students to learn character education. Structuring the classroom norms in this manner contributes to the whole child and their future. Structuring norms within character traits allows students to surpass the growth might occur with traditional rules. This strategy also relieves teachers' burden of coming up with rules for their classroom and corresponding consequences. Reframing rules as norms removes the negative connotations that are often associated with rules.
Pop culture connection and dialogue in the classroom is a process that allows the teacher to give students time and attention discuss the students’ cultural interests based on predetermined categories by the teacher. Pop Culture Connection and Dialogue in the classroom allows the teacher to make their classroom more inclusive by including students' voices. A part of culturally responsive teaching is learning the culture of the students being taught; this strategy provides dedicated time to engage students by allowing them to tell teachers how their culture or age group invests their time outside of the classroom.
This strategy is beneficial for teachers to learn about students’ interests and culture and then integrate that information into lessons. The goal of this strategy is to increase student engagement and give students ownership, input, and voice during class. The strategy can be used at the teacher's discretion, yet it should be consistently maintained throughout the school year. Pop Culture Connection and Dialogue in the classroom allows students to see that they are cared about and that their voice and perspectives matter.
Increasing student engagement and participation can be done using culturally relevant pedagogical techniques such as making connections between the curriculum and students' everyday life or practical application in everyday life while increasing rigor. Mainstream curriculum and standardized tests are often culturally biased and cater to the dominant race, which causes a disconnect in minority students' engagement. The examples given, the lack of seeing urban students in the literature they read, and ineffective teaching strategies have crippled urban students' ability to connect to the material presented to them. Therefore, their interests fade and they struggle to see the benefit of the material in their own lives. There have been documented studies and books written that prove when teaching strategies are implemented that create and support culturally relevant pedagogy, are rigorous, make connections to everyday life, and build relationships with students, student engagement and achievement increases.
This strategy supports teachers to re-word lesson objectives in student-facing "I Can" statements that connect the skill being learned to their real lives or future careers.
Parallel texts give teachers the opportunity to include pair texts that include students' culture or interests with traditional or curriculum-dictated texts. This process gives students representation in what they read and study. Students being able to see themselves and their culture represented in the curriculum builds confidence and interests. Mentor texts also enlighten students on how timeless and evolving literature is, while increasing critical thinking skills.
Examining Exemplars is a strategy used to help students identify and understand what the expectations are to be able to produce a high-quality assignment, task, or project before they complete that task. By examining exemplars (or example pieces of student work), students are able to compare and contrast strengths and attributes of pieces of work through discussion with their peers and the teacher. This strategy can be used in any content or grade level.