My group enjoyed coming up with “R” words to help us remember the elements of standard A for culturally responsive curriculum. I have paraphrased them below!
Reinforces the integrity of culture
Recognizes that culture has both concrete knowledge and deeper values
Roots students in the deeper values of their culture
Responds/Reflects to culture as dynamic, relevant in the past and the present
Respects all cultures of all students
Makes Relevant culture in multiple subjects
My idea for a lesson or activity to incorporate this cultural standard involves having students learn songs by rote (or by ear only instead of reading music) emphasizing the oral tradition of cultures past and present. Students would engage in some kind of conversation about the limitations and values of both Western notation and oral traditions. I really enjoyed hearing about everyone’s ideas for lesson plans and coming up with an easy way to remember how to implement this standard.