For many classroom teachers, cultural celebrations are one of the easiest ways to address standards connected to cultural competence through introducing and studying different cultures and their traditions. Yet, just because we celebrate various multicultural holidays or heroes doesn’t mean we’re practicing authentic multicultural teaching. If our teaching never moves beyond what many refer to as multicultural tourism, we’re not providing our students the opportunity to think deeply or critically. I won’t go into more detail on the topic here, as we discussed the problems with multicultural tourism in greater depth in the post “Around the World in 180 Days Part IV: Holidays and Celebrations.” Continue reading
Pictorial Input Charts are another activity adapted from GLAD teaching strategies (click here to be taken to the Project GLAD website). For more information on GLAD strategies there is a great free resource book in pdf format available here. I’ve had great success using these. I’ve found it a much more engaging and interesting way to present information to my students.