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Forming Classroom Communities to Help Students Embrace Discomfort
Teaching Race
Format: Book Chapter
Publication Date: 2018/11/02/
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Place of Publication: Hoboken, NJ, USA
Pages: 171 - 189
Sources ID: 68496
Visibility: Public (group default)
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In this chapter, the author examines how her approach to teaching Race and Ethnicity has evolved over the years, and the fears, challenges, and joys she have experienced. Most of the white students and students of color who enroll in her Race and Ethnicity course have a genuine desire to increase their knowledge and understanding of different racial and ethnic groups, but they want to do it in a safe classroom environment. The driving force behind author's pedagogy is to make her classes culturally relevant to all my students. In order to achieve this goal, she incorporates three major components of culturally responsive teaching: caring, communication, and curriculum development. Care and empathy are the essential building blocks in creating a strong learning community. The guiding principles of culturally responsive pedagogy frame many of her specific instructional practices.