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Category - Affirmation

Five Tips for Using the End of School to Strengthen Academic Mindset

Well, Memorial Day is just around the corner and it’s all over but the shouting. Testing is behind us. Finals will come and go and there’ll still be a week or so of school left. As culturally responsive teachers, I think we often miss the opportunity to use the last few weeks of school to…

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Five Point Action Plan for Teaching Racially Sensitive Literature

Last week I led a seminar for a group of high school English teachers on how to teach racially sensitive (or racially charged) literature. Many were teaching The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, which uses the n-word 231 times. In their school district, the book is “restricted,” meaning they cannot teach it without going through mandatory…

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Getting Students to Take Off the Mask

As a student, I’ve had the privilege of having two highly skilled culturally responsive teachers. One was Mr. Ruane in 10th grade at George Washing High School in San Francisco. Mr. Ruane was a white teacher who coached football and taught African American Literature. What I remember most about him was how comfortable he was…

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The First Six Weeks_Create a Counter Narrative

This is the second in a series of a six part series on setting up the school year to be more culturally responsive. In my last post, I shared that trust is the secret weapon of the culturally responsive teacher and it is the first thing that needs to be cultivated in the opening weeks…

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What We Can Learn From Jeopardy About Identity Safety

This past week two things crossed my desk that didn’t seem to have anything in common — a new study about the merits of self-affirmation for Latino students and an update on a recent episode of the game show Jeopardy.  I saw this blurb in EdWeek about the values-affirmation study and immediately made a connection…

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