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Tool: Enacting an affirming attitude

Use the following grid to document how you currently enact an affirming attitude toward students from culturally diverse backgrounds and how you can build on these practices to enhance student learning.

How do I…? Evidence How will I build on this to enhance student learning?
Show my students that I believe they are capable learners?    
Show respect for the cultural practices, knowledge and ways of thinking that my students bring with them to class?    
Build bridges between students’ ways of thinking, acting and interacting and their academic learning and competence?    
Work with students’ families and communities as resources for my students’ learning?    
Group students for instruction in ways that allow all students access to demanding content and skills?