Cultivating cultural humility

Updated: Jan 28

To be a more effective teacher, you need to recognize fully your cultural identity and how it affects your teaching practices. Cultivating cultural humility is crucial to the success of every educator.

The first step is to recognize who you are. Then, you can learn more about cultures other than your own. When you understand and can recognize common misperceptions about your own culture and other groups' cultures, then you're ready.

Understand who you are

If you don’t know your own values and your own culture, then you’re really not yet equipped to teach anyone else. Understanding your own cultural identity is a step toward being a more effective teacher.

Invest a lot of time and energy learning about your culture. It ties into your higher learning and your profession as a teacher. Learn all you can about the culture, its hopes, fears, and hopes for the future.