Culturally Reflective Practices

How can educators be more critical about their teaching and observant of their diverse classroom?


To be a self-reflective teacher is a lofty ideal, but what specific steps can we take to pursue it effectively? It is expected that every educator can be critical and evaluate themselves as much as their students. Culturally reflective practices and culturally responsive learning are important skills for any educator. In this section, you will find writings that address these important cornerstones of your relationship with teaching.

Remember that this is not everything there is to know about culturally reflective practices. The resources below are only a few, and it is strongly encouraged that you discover your own culturally reflective practices, while you explore the work of other teachers like you. Always keep learning.

A thought-provoking article about the application of critical thinking skills, as well as culturally reflective practices when bringing important issues into the classroom; and how that helps to engage students.

Being a culturally reflective teacher takes work. It requires a willingness to look at yourself and critically analyze what you are doing in the classroom. It can be hard to know where to start, so this teacher gives an easy step-by-step guide as to how he reflects upon his own teaching.

Gude offers an atypical type of art curriculum by suggesting we consider culture and community while we plan our lessons and explore our curricula. 

An interactive article that should help you practice your critical thinking about culturally relevant practices. Investigate culture in the classroom, and how teachers have been succeeding with Culturally Relevant Teaching (CRT) in their classrooms.

Not finding what you need? Maybe you want to go more in-depth? Then check out these other resource centers:

Edutopia is a bustling online community for teachers, where you can read (and even post) lessons, blogs, articles, and videos.

ARTSEDGE, developed by the prestigious Kennedy Center, offers a curated collection of arts-based lesson plans, blogs, articles, and journals.

Just in case you ever meet someone who questions the value of art education in an essential curriculum: ArtsEdSearch offers a growing collection of published scientific studies and research that support the many varied benefits of arts-based education.

From the IVLA: a broad selection of carefully chosen material in support of visual literacy for many pursuits: including, but not limited to, education.