Pre-Note: I’m @ a RttT conference at Columbus (sponsored by Ohio Dept of Education). These collection of posts are the running commentary and thoughts.
Title: On the Road to Cultural Competence: Emerging with Cultural Relevant Teaching Strategies.
Presenter: Dr. Rhonda Talford Knight, Diversity and Education Consultant
Quotes, Asides, Thoughts, Questions
“Cultural competencies isn’t just about black and white.”
So what is “cultural competence”? A quick look at Wikipedia defines it as the ability to work and communicate effectively between and within different groups.
“We teach who we are.” (Palmer, 1988)
Aside: It’s interesting to listen to Dr. Rhonda talk about cultural competencies and think about the particular culture I’m rooted within. She’s a very animated speaker, using a more narrative style in her presentation (lots of asides). The logical, If A then B (and define A) is missing from this presentation (not a bad thing, but this, to me, feels a bit counter “academic” cultural…although there are handouts!)
Question to ask: What characteristics of you (the teacher) influence the teaching of students?
- What does it mean to my students to identify who I am?
- What are my beliefs?
- Do those beliefs affect how I teach?
To become culturally competent requires you to ask questions about yourself and your students. So teachers need to be gifted at self-reflection.