Relevance in Instruction
In Chapter 12, Wardle (2013)
summarizes the important characteristics of a culturally relevant teacher. Use
this information as a guide or resource throughout this assignment to help
inspire your thinking as you apply your knowledge of culturally relevant pedagogy
toward specific solutions to problems facing a teacher with a very diverse
student population. This exercise provides excellent practice over the
application of culturally relevant principles in the design of effective
instructional solutions. You will need to design such instructional solutions
within the Final Project, so it is very important to practice such skills here.
Specifically, for this assignment, you will view a brief video taken with a
cell phone by a student in a high school social studies class. The video (Bliss, 2013) documents a meltdown
Bliss experienced during his World History course at Duncanville High School in
Duncanville, Texas. A transcript of the audio is provided in the Instructor
Guidance for this week along with other detailed assistance for completing this
After reviewing the Instructor Guidance for this task, create your assignment
to meet the content and written communication expectations below.
Video Analysis Questions (2 points): Answer the questions below based on your inferences
and ideas after viewing the events captured in the cellphone video.
What is the problem (from Jeff Bliss’s perspective as well as from Ms.
What probably caused it? Who benefits? Who loses? What position do you
take on this issue?
could a more equitable, culturally relevant approach to the class improve
the situation? How might Ms. Phung respond differently to Jeff’s
Equity Strategies (2.5 points): Describe any equity strategies you noticed or inferred
being implemented in the video. Suggest at least one strategy for
each of the four categories that the teacher could have utilized to
help meet student needs in a more equitable fashion.
Culturally Relevant Strategies (2.5 points): Describe evidence of any culturally relevant pedagogy
in action in the cellphone video and suggest at least three
strategies that could be used to create a more culturally relevant
classroom. Such strategies might be drawn from the following areas:
Maximizing academic success through relevant
Addressing cultural competence through reinforcing
students’ cultural integrity
Involving students in the construction of knowledge
Building on students’ interests and linguistic
Tapping home and community resources
Understanding students’ cultural knowledge
Using interactive and constructivist teaching
Examining the curriculum from multiple
Promoting critical consciousness through opportunities
to challenge predominant elements of the students’ social norms
Written Communication Expectations
Page Requirement (.25 points): Submit three to five pages, not including the title and
APA Formatting (.25 points): Format your paper according to APA style as outlined
in the Ashford Writing Center.
Syntax and Mechanics (.25 points): Display meticulous comprehension and organization of
syntax and mechanics, such as spelling and grammar.
Source Requirement (.25 points): Reference the cellphone video and Wardle (2013)
textbook. All sources on the references page need to be used and cited
correctly within the body of the assignment.
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