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Have We Oversold Reading Aloud to Parents of Young Children?

A note to everyone.  Beginning today, I will be adding a weekly post about literacy and reading development in addition to writing about CRT.  So look for my literacy post on Thursdays and culturally responsive teaching posts on Mondays.   Ok.  There.  I said it.  I believe we are overselling the power of reading aloud…

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Culturally Responsive Teaching versus the Pedagogy of Poverty

It’s almost August. That means we are beginning to think about how we are setting up our classrooms.  We start thinking about the details and the technical parts of lesson planning, classroom decorating, and other mundane stuff. It’s at this time of the year that it’s important to remember that becoming a culturally responsive teacher…

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Three Fun Ways to Build CRT Background Knowledge This Summer

Yesterday I started noticing the ads for Back-to-School shopping on the radio and couldn’t believe it.  But then I remembered that last year they started advertising Christmas stuff in October. Does that mean our opportunities for summer learning are over? Summer is the perfect time for building our culturally responsive teaching chops because we are…

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Teaching from a Pedagogy of Promise

“A vision without a plan is just a dream. A plan without a vision is just drudgery. But a vision with a plan can change the world.” – Old Proverb   It’s testing season.  I know because it always brings out teachers’ angst. I showed up recently for a coaching session with an elementary school…

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Teaching for Social Justice Can Jump Start Cultural Responsiveness

Sometimes trying to understand and implement culturally responsive teaching in a systematic and comprehensive way feels like trying to pat your head and rub your stomach at the same time — hard. Both require focus and coordination.  And honestly, it takes awhile to get the hang of either one. There is one way to reduce…

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How to Approach Testing Season as a Culturally Responsive Educator

It’s testing season again.  Much of my work with teachers has slowed down because they’ve turned their attention to getting ready to administer the state achievement test. Even in my house, we are not immune to the realities of testing season. Recently, a notice came from school reminding me that testing is coming.  When I…

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Can Ability Grouping Ever Be A Good Thing for Equity?

Turns out ability grouping – once identified as a key source of the achievement gap – is making a comeback.  Well, in reality, seems that as a classroom practice, it never really went away. When I read the headline of a recent EdWeek article,  “More Teachers Group Students By Ability– Study finds oft-disparaged approach rising,”…

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Managing the Dynamics of Difference

I was working with a group of teachers recently around building their culturally responsive toolkit.  One teacher was having trouble thinking about how to manage all the different cultures in her classroom.  “I have at least 13 different cultures and languages represented in my classroom.  I can’t manage all of those different needs,” she said….

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The Neuroscience of Call and Response

In my last post, I talked about call and response as the first tool in our instructional CR toolkit. Whether you use call and response for academic review or to promote thinking, it is important to understand the neuroscience behind the tool so that it doesn’t seem so mysterious or magical. Instead, it can help…

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