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5 Ways to Get the Most from Ready4Rigor

Hi. Glad you found your way here. I’ve been building this blog since 2012 as a place for teachers to get more information about how to operationalize culturally responsive teaching in the classroom as well as strategies for accelerating reading development for culturally and linguistically diverse students.

After reading the newest blog post, here are five other things to check out and do on this site.



1. Join the movement

You are here because your care about your students. Trying to do right by them can be hard, with all the hysteria around Common Core, test scores and whatnot. But you don’t have to go it alone. Join other teachers who are also committed to getting better at improving engagement and rigor for culturally and linguistically diverse students.

So, connect with this community of practice by subscribing to the blog — all it takes is putting your email in the box.

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2. Check out three of my best posts

Culturally Responsive Teaching vs. The Pedagogy of Poverty
This post is a deeper look at the difference between this idea of “culture of poverty” and authentic culturally responsiveness. I try to clarify the terms and bust the myth of the “culture of poverty.”

Neuroscience of Call and Response
This is one of my most popular posts. It takes a look “under the hood” of the call and response strategy. It’s been downloaded and used in PD sessions by well-known culturally responsive trainers.

Help Students Create a Counter-Narrative
This post was part of a series about what teachers can do in the first six weeks of school to be more culturally responsive.



3. Read my first book

Final_Hammon_CoverTo take a deeper dive into the brain science behind culturally responsive teaching and learn a set of brain-based practices, check out my book, Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain: Promoting Authentic Engagement and Rigor for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students.

To a lot of teachers culturally responsive teaching seems mysterious or touchy feely, not related to real teaching and learning. Nothing can be further from the truth.

Want the whole thing? Hop over to Corwin to order it and use this promo code (D151K8) for a 10% discount.




4. Dial into the free monthly community call

Starting in March 2015 I’ll be hosting a free conference call once a month to bring folks together to ask questions or share experiences. The calls will be 30-45 minutes. I’ll share a few tips and strategies and then address your questions. It’s a chance to hear what other folks are concerned about and working through in their classrooms.

Sign up and dial-in details will be sent to you. Don’t worry if you can’t make it. I’ll send out the recording as part of my newsletter.



5. Say hi to me and other like minded folks on Twitter and Facebook

Follow me on Twitter @ready4rigor. Teachers are on there, daily sharing ideas, asking questions, and encouraging one another.

Use the hashtags #CRTandtheBrain or #WordWealth to join the conversation.

Over on Facebook, share your questions, successes, and strategies around culturally responsive teaching and equity-focused chat about matters ranging from teacher excellence to argumentation strategies.

(You can email me too.)



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Before you go, don’t forget to sign up for the newsletter. You won’t regret it. You’ll be part of a growing community of culturally responsive practitioners and have access to helpful resources. Once you subscribe, you’ll get an email with a short survey — use that to tell me what you’d like me topics you’d like me to write about and what kind of online courses and other content you think would be helpful to you.

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