Top 10 Ways to Introduce Culture

 

topic-image_culture.jpgGreat site to get the conversations rolling when wanting to form a culturally responsive classroom!

Teaching & Learning

Sometimes I think, “Where do I even start?” when introducing a culture I may no nothing about. The awesome thing about this is that it becomes a learning opportunity for me, the teacher! The website shares some simply ideas of topics or cultural concepts to bring up and discuss. It is a great opportunity to have the culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) student share his or her experiences, background, culture, and interests. This is a way for them to communicate with peers, open up questions, and for us to celebrate a culture we are unfamiliar with.

http://busyteacher.org/7080-top-10-ways-to-teach-culture.html

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Perceptions of Time: Differences Across Cultures

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One of the biggest differences between the United States and other cultures around the world are perceptions of time. Every culture has a different understanding and value of time. To Americans, “time is money” and we have to “save time” and “not waste time.” We constantly multitask and do everything automatic, instant and drive-thru. Most (not all) other cultures are much more relaxed about their idea of time than we are. This is important to understand, especially when meeting people from other countries and cultures in order to avoid misunderstandings and to better understand how they approach time-related tasks. To help educators become more informed about this topic, I’ve compiled some interesting articles and a short video to contrast how people from different cultural backgrounds perceive time.

Check out these articles:

On Cultural Time – Intercultural Communication

NOBA Time and Culture

How Different Cultures Understand Time

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Music Making Traditions in Ghana

The Ghanaian musical scene of the late 1990‘s three main musical typologies: traditional, popular and art. Ghanaian traditional music is the type which is created and performed by ―simple agricultural communities sharing common ideas and beliefs, common customs and institutions, common folk tales and oral traditions. It is predominantly vocal, its text reflects the philosophy... Continue Reading →

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