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"When students celebrate their heritage and background, their knowledge is a pathway to better knowing themselves."

“I teach at a school in western Montana that is seventy percent Native American. But culturally responsive teaching is important wherever you teach. Culturally responsive teaching within a structured student-centered discussion helps meet the needs of every student.

“In my classroom, I emphasize the importance of developing critical thinking skills through acts of authentic student voice. And culturally responsive teaching encourages a lot of discussion, taking apart a text, and conducting civil discourse in a safe environment.”


Anna Baldwin

Dr. Anna Baldwin has taught for 17 years on the Flathead Reservation in Western Montana. For four of those years, she had the privilege to teach at the tribal alternative school. For the remainder she has served her local community where she teach... Full Bio

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Get ready for Session One of our Workshop.

In the first Workshop session, you have the chance to learn exactly what makes this teaching practice successful in the classroom.

You learn the preparation required to share this approach with your students; the ways you can introduce this practice to your students most successfully; and exactly how your students can benefit as a result. You also have the chance to ask questions and to share your own ideas.

Make the most of our first Workshop session, by taking time in advance to think about your responses to these driving questions:

  • What do you already know about ways to develop critical thinking skills through acts of authentic student voice? What about this approach would you like to learn more about?
  • How do you think your students might benefit if you were to integrate this focus in your teaching?
  • After reviewing the videos of the professional learning session in preparation for our Workshop, what specific questions do you have about what you saw?
  • What ideas do you have for incorporating the strategies presented in these videos within your own classroom? What could you incorporate directly? What would you need to change or modify to serve your students?

 

Get ready for Session Two of our Workshop

In the second Workshop session, you have the chance to share and refine your own take on the professional practice introduced in Session One.

You have the chance to ask questions that can refine your understanding and impact your practice; to share and test your ideas for how you can adapt this teaching practice for your own classroom; and to support other teachers participating in the workshop as they personalize this practice to serve their own students.

To make the most of our second Workshop session, please take time in advance to think about your responses to these driving questions:

  • How–in your own words–would you describe the teaching practice presented in Session One? How would you describe the impact that developing critical thinking skills through acts of authentic student voice might have for your students?
  • What about the teaching practice presented in the first Workshop session seemed most useful to you? What single component or idea seems like it would most strongly resonate with your students? 
  • How do you think your students would respond if this practice was presented to them exactly as described in Session One? Which elements do you think you’d need to change to better serve your students? Which would you be sure to present without modifying?
  • What elements would you add? Do you have resources, materials, or lesson plans you already use that you could adapt or incorporate to better personalize this practice?
  • What help or support would you need to present this practice in your own classroom?
  • What changes, if any, would you need to make to your school schedule or to your classroom environment for this practice to succeed for your students?