Explain metaphors or cultural references that you use in class to ensure that students understand how it relates to the course content.

Explain metaphors or cultural references that you use in class to ensure that students understand how it relates to the course content.
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Action:

  • When you use a metaphor or cultural reference to illustrate an idea, first tell students the relevant background information they need to understand your point.
  • Frequently remind students to ask questions if there is anything they don’t understand because it may be difficult to recognize cultural knowledge that is not universal.
  • Avoid relying exclusively on examples and metaphors from your culture or interests.

Reason:

  • Cultural references within class may be alienating or incomprehensible to students for whom these cultural references are unfamiliar or primarily associated with identities other than their own.