Culturally, Competent Curl Education

As an educator, it is important to understand, appreciate, and respect the culture of our individual students. One of the best ways to do this is to simply listen. Listening is a very under utilized, significant, and meaningful way to connect with students, children, and those you care about. Listening is key to all effective communication and is a pathway to making your students feel understood.

In my work with adolescents, in most cases, the culture of the student and their teachers are largely different. Because hair management has been found to be a sociocultural barrier to positive health behaviors such as physical activity among many adolescent girls of African descent, it is critical for health educators, physical education teachers, and school staff who work with these girls to know their culture, social habits, and barriers to health.

Sign up for our professional development course on how to start a Curls on the Move club at your school and our workshops on talking with your students on culturally sensitive topics, email me at: hello@pattiobrienrichardson.com or book a call with me.