Are you capable of teaching your students about their cultures and the cultures of other students in the classroom and school? Do you feel confident that your content and teaching style meet the cultural needs and interests of your students? How comfortable are you in guiding your students to understand differences, accept one another, and behave appropriately?
These questions are some of the issues that teachers consider when determining their cultural competence in the classroom. Although you probably completed a course in multicultural education or valuing cultural diversity during your teacher education program, you may continue to grapple with issues of cultural competence during your teaching career.
This article presents a compass to help you navigate cultural competence.
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