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What implicit bias training taught me: A teacher reflects on how culturally sensitive curriculum helped her connect with a student


Added 05-25-19 05:13:02am EST - “Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza is the target of scorn right now for encouraging the city's educators to confront their implicit bias. I appreciate what he's doing, because it's helped me become a better teacher.” - Nydailynews.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nydailynews.com: “What implicit bias training taught me: A teacher reflects on how culturally sensitive curriculum helped her connect with a student”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza is the target of scorn right now for encouraging the city’s educators to confront their implicit bias. I appreciate what he’s doing, because it’s helped me become a better teacher.

In his freshman year at our school, Thabo was difficult to engage in class. He seemed to like our school, his teachers and his classmates, but he was not showing up every day to learn. He did enough to pass his classes, but just barely.

Fortunately, my school has a new focus on authentic learning and culturally relevant curricula. We have been working together to develop content and strategies that are attentive to the cultures of our students.

In an algebra course, to represent linear functions, I teach a yearly project about people in a bicycle race. Usually, the racers are named after teachers at our school, but this year, we named the racers after activists in a few different fields.

It was a game-changer. One of the aspects of the project is to conduct research on the riders in the race. Thabo was researching James Baldwin. He asked excellent questions about Baldwin’s relationship to Martin Luther King Jr., and Malcolm X, revealing a level of prior knowledge I wouldn’t have otherwise known about.

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