Zaretta Hammond, author of Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain, suggests that differentiating instruction and assignments to incorporate various forms of media strengthens key neural pathways and catalyzes content processing for diverse groups of students.
Incorporating some or all of “music, movement, and visuals,” or “ritual, recitation, repetition, and rhythm” gives students culturally relevant and engaging formats with which to engage with academic content.
Regardless of the academic discipline one teachers, content can be presented using a variety of modalities. Whether it is activating prior knowledge through an image or video, supplementing a reading with a kinesthetic processing activity, or teaching literary techniques through contemporary music, students learn better when their teachers offer different entry points for students with different interests and strengths.
This guide, from ReadWriteThink offers some general suggestions and specific activities in order to diversify instructional practice according to students’ interests and preferences.