Thursday, March 26, 2015

Making Connections: Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain

by Elena Aguilar, Edutopia, Feb 25, 2014

Zaretta Hammond's new book, Culturally Responsive Teaching and The Brain: Promoting Authentic Engagement and Rigor Among Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students, fills a huge gap in my bookshelf. Hoping to get it into your hands and onto your shelves, I decided to do a Q & A with the author.

Edutopia:  For those who may not be familiar with this term, "culturally responsive," could you start by defining it?

Zaretta Hammond:  As part of my research when writing the book, I would ask teachers what they thought the term meant, and more often than not, they'd say it's a way to get disengaged students of color motivated in the classroom by tying the lesson to Africa, Mexico, or by using hip-hop music.
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