This is a bold, brain-based teaching approach to culturally responsive instruction.
To close the achievement gap, diverse classrooms need a proven framework for optimizing student engagement. Culturally responsive instruction has shown promise, but many teachers have struggled with its implementation until now.
In this audiobook, Zaretta Hammond draws on cutting-edge neuroscience research to offer an innovative approach for designing and implementing brain-compatible culturally responsive instruction.
The audiobook includes:
Information on how one’s culture programs the brain to process data and affects learning relationships
Ten "key moves" to build students’ learner operating systems and prepare them to become independent learners
Prompts for action and valuable self-reflection
This book raised my awareness about things like surface, shallow and deep culture, implicit bias, structural racialization and microaggressions. Learning that 80% of the cultures in the world are collectivist and that only 20% are individualist like my own, and how that transfers to learning was very eye-opening.
One criticism I have is that the audiobook reader, who has a lovely voice and read the book clearly, pronounced the word 'poverty' as 'parvity'. I was so confused that I thought 'parvity' was just a word I didn't know. So, I tried to find it in several dictionaries. Once I realized it wasn't a word, hearing her say 'parvity' over and over again, especially in Chapter 2, was like hearing nails on a chalkboard for me.