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Understanding Native Culture Helps Classroom Instruction

Knowing similarities and differences in Native and modern culture can help a teacher develop successful lesson plans.

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When a teacher understands the history and cultural philosophies of a tribe, lesson planning in a public school can be easier. Learning the unique traditions and customs will help the teacher teach more effectively and will more likely engage the learner. The difficult task of teaching English and western content can be simpler when avoiding a 'cookie cutter' approach of one size fits all thinking. Most students in this global world are familiar with what is going on in the world due to the Internet and media yet they still live within the community culture and lesson planning needs to be done accordingly.

I have worked with five different tribes across the United States and this solution is purely a personal reflection and not based on literature review or research. Each tribe was unique and making general conclusions broad-brush of ALL NATIVE Americans I feel is not possible. Understanding the family structure ...

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When a teacher understands the history and cultural philosophies of a tribe, lesson planning in a public school can be easier. Learning the unique traditions and customs will help the teacher teach more effectively and will more likely engage the learner. The difficult task of teaching English and western content can be simpler when avoiding a 'cookie cutter' approach of one size fits all thinking. Most students in this global world are familiar with what is going on in the world due to the Internet and media yet they still live within the community culture and lesson planning needs to be done accordingly

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