“An Effective Communicator who speaks, writes, and listens honestly and sensitively, responding critically in light of gospel values”.
The goal of the culturally responsive teacher in any learning environment, is communication. A Catholic educator must promote healthy communication between other teachers, students, and families of the students. This ensures that the classroom is a comfortable and welcoming place in which students can feel safe in learning and participating. The strategies taught to us as teachers, including positive behavioral management, active learning, social interaction, and cooperative learning, help students develop necessary communication skills.
Another essential part of communication with students is using gestures. Hand, head, and body movements are all important to expressing oneself. Combining an oral message with gesture cues conveys meaning most effectively. In a culturally responsive classroom, one can express respect and positive regard for all students through eye contact, body posture, voice tone, and pitch. This correlates to the CGE #2 in the sense that an effective communicator is one who listens and responds sensitively and justly.
I have included the assignment “Inter-religious Dialogue” in this arena because it involves a scenario in which a teacher must listen, think, and respond with a level of honesty and yet sensitively to cultural differences in the school environment. Throughout the scenario, the teacher exudes professionalism and diplomacy.
The second assignment included in this arena is “Kingdom of God”, in which the “Lord’s Prayer” is compared and contrasted with a Psalm of our choosing. I believe this assignment pertains to CGE #2: An Effective Communicator, simply because the criteria for being an effective communicator is to “read, understand, and use written materials effectively.” While this may seem redundant, the “Kingdom of God” assignment challenged us as reflective practitioners to explore and investigate the similarities and differences between two holy texts. The chart accompanied with the written portion of this assignment clearly and concisely communicates the analysis.