Nice to see everyone "virtually" this week. Great idea for vacation week! Now that the weather has shifted from rain to possible snow, I'm feeling a brief trip up north for skiing may be in the cards soon. Here are my thoughts on the Brown article.
As I read, I made some comments and asked myself (like Deanna) "how do I see culturally responsive teaching in relation to Johnson, Delpit, and Bartolome?"
1) As soon as I started reading the article, I was quickly faced with the feeling that the authors were writing in a utopian state where they thought teachers have all the time in the world. "Positive Perspectives on Parents and Families" and "Culturally Mediated Instruction" made me feel this way. They want us to "conduct home visits?" I think that, in general, this is asking a lot from teachers to go to the homes of students from different cultures to (sip on a cup of tea and) discuss their heritage and how we can better educate their children. If I were to conduct surveys and needs assessments for my students and write it in their parents' native language, I would be writing it in 53 different languages! (Some districts conduct community walk-throughs where teams of teachers head out to pre-appointed homes of students to carry-out this function in a more time-efficient manner.) I feel Delpit would have many reservations towards this line of thinking. She may agree, however, if there was an agreement made between teacher and parent that the teacher was going to teach their kid to function in the larger society.
2) "Communication of High Expectations" left me with no suprises. It reminded me of a course by Research for Better Teaching and a book, "The Skillful Teacher."
3) "Learning Within the Context of Culture" could have been written by Bartolome.
4) I agree with Deanna that "student-centered instruction" may be a bit confusing. Student-centered or direct-instruction: that is the question...kind of like "Deal or No Deal." A balance of the two and "Teacher as Facilitator" may be the answer. Like almost everything else, every thing in moderation is effective.
Hope everyone is enjoying their week off. Maybe we'll "talk" again soon.