We present to you: CRT.
No, not Critical Race Theory. Culturally Responsive Teaching.
CRT integrates students’ personal experiences, cultural norms, and values into effective classroom instruction. It encourages learning via a cultural lens and fosters a sense of belonging in educational environments.
An example of CRT in the classroom: a history lesson about a world conflict that uses pop culture references to help students relate to and better understand the situation. The students are sure to feel seen while also retaining the information.
Students learn and digest more when there’s an element of fun. And we can definitely relate! Think back to your school days, we bet you still remember the fun teacher AND what they taught.
Geneva Gay, Professor of Education (multicultural education and general curriculum) at the University of Washington, stated that CRT is “validating, comprehensive, multidimensional, empowering, transformative, and emancipatory” — all characteristics that we value and incorporate into our WAM platform.
The 🔑 to Success
The key to CRT is developing healthy learning environments. Settings that include:
- A fundamental belief in the ability of all students to learn.
- A wide range of curricular content.
- Dynamic instruction.
- Community involvement.
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If you’re interested in creating safe spaces for students to learn where they feel a sense of belonging, stay tuned for our next post: WAM + CRT.