Culturecan be considered as the software to the hardware of the brain sinceit is useful in changing daily experiences into meaningful events. Asthe software of the brain, culture comprises of three levels. Each ofthe three levels can be applied in the classroom setting. This paperwill highlight how the levels pertain to the classroom setting andhow a culturally responsive classroom culture can be created.
Thethree include the surface level, shallow level, as well as the deeplevel. The surface level of culture comprises of cultural elements,which are observable like holidays, food and music. In a classroomsetting, an alteration in any of the above elements does not bring asignificant change in a student. The shallow level entails the rules,which are not spoken, about daily norms and interactions(Hammond, & Jackson, 2015).Some of the rules included in this level are friendships and theirnature, attitudes, and the dress code. In a classroom, this level canbe used to enhance non-verbal communication with the aim offacilitating trust between instructors and students.
Thedeep level comprises of the assumptions, which determine theworldview that a person will adopt. It is through this level ofculture that a person gets to differentiate between the acceptableand unacceptable. This level can be used in the classroom to assiststudents to learn new instruction. Moreover, this level of cultureenables students to learn things, which will be useful in the future.A culturally responsive classroom culture accommodates the needs ofstudents and takes into consideration their diverse culturalbackgrounds. While creating such a culture, it is essential for theteacher to know the students and their needs. Moreover, theinstructor should be a representative of the cultural diversity inthe classroom (Hammond,& Jackson, 2015).The teacher should act as a role model in the classroom this enablesstudents to appreciate each other’s background. Collaboration withother stakeholders such as mentors is also essential in creating aculturally responsive classroom culture.
Itis worth noting that the three levels of culture are essential in theclassroom setting. Teachers can use the components of the levels topass instructions to students. This makes learning interesting andimproves the capacity of students to understand what is being taught.A classroom culture that is responsive ought to take intoconsideration the diversity in the background of the students. Theteacher should act as a role model and be objective to enablestudents accommodate one another’s opinions.
Hammond,Z., & Jackson, Y. (2015). Culturallyresponsive teaching and the brain: Promoting authentic engagement andrigor among culturally and linguistically diverse students.Thousand Oaks, California: Corwin, a SAGE company.