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The Art of Teaching the Arts

Focus On: Culturally Responsive Teaching

One way teachers meet the diverse needs of their students is by addressing their cultural, linguistic, and economic backgrounds.

Culturally responsive teaching uses students' cultural experiences and background as a medium for helping them learn skills in various classes.

A culturally responsive teacher:

In the interactive below, identify ways that Stephen DiMenna demonstrates sensitivity to the cultural, linguistic, and economic backgrounds of the students he is teaching.

NOW: Write and Reflect

You've just observed a visiting theatre artist use culturally responsive teaching to help students in a New York City public high school write their own plays. Now extend your observations to your own teaching situation. Read the following questions and answer one in light of the students and art form you teach.

Questions to write and reflect about:

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