What a wonderful passage and analysis of what culturally responsive teaching can look like:
I just wanted to take a moment and thank you for this wonderful dissection and extension of this passage to make it relevant and meaning for yourself. You have taken the most important elements of these words and shown just how much there is to unpack.
I find your thoughts around knowing your students and their “skills, interests, passions, and needs” to be most valuable for my work. It is only through knowing those that you teach fully that you can support them. You cannot aimlessly differentiate. You cannot assume your way to better outcomes. And it is the culture of respect that is created when you truly know your learners that is essential to building the community in your classroom.