Topic 5 discussion questions 1 & 2

Topic 5 Discussion Question 1:

In your own words describe what it means to be a culturally responsive teacher. In what ways does this go beyond teaching content? How does it apply to teaching diverse student populations? How might your own culture influence or affect your instructional practices and support of others? 

Topic 5 Discussion Question 2:

Imagine a teacher wants to integrate a text that contains content that could be considered sensitive or upsetting to students. In what ways should the teacher prepare to address any issues students may have with that content based on prior experiences, while ensuring a feeling of safety and respect in the classroom? What steps would you suggest the teacher take to ensure students and parents are prepared for the content of the text?