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What Every Teacher Should Know About Diverse Learners

Second Edition


June 2010 | 120 pages | Corwin

"The book provides a root cause analysis of why so many students are failing in America's public schools. The materials translate research into practice and provide a rich collection of data for instructional strategies."
—Mary Reeve, Director, Services for Exceptional Students
Gallup McKinley County Schools, NM

Innovative, research-based strategies to reach all the learners in your class!

This second edition of the best-selling volume in the What Every Teacher Should Know series presents critical information about teaching learners from diverse racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, language, ability, and special needs backgrounds.

Updated throughout, this essential guide assimilates new data about how the brain processes information and provides tools for understanding and working with diverse students, including a cultural proficiency checklist, a vocabulary pretest and posttest, and a vocabulary summary. Donna Walker Tileston explores:

  • Brain-compatible teaching strategies that engage diverse learners
  • Signs of bias to avoid in the classroom, including stereotypes, exclusion, selectivity, and more
  • How culture affects learning styles
  • Updated research on teaching children in poverty
  • Guidelines for working with English language learners

What Every Teacher Should Know About Diverse Learners shows teachers how to set high expectations for all students and facilitate their progress in fulfilling those expectations.


 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Author
 
Introduction
 
Vocabulary Pretest
 
1. Influences
A Few Definitions to Consider  
Back to the Future  
What Are the Issues Now?  
 
2. How Are We Diverse?
Why Is It Important to Examine Differences?  
Cultural Diversity  
Diversity of Modalities  
Diversity of Socioeconomic Status  
Diversity of Race/Ethnicity  
 
3. Recognizing the Signs of Bias
Linguistic Bias  
Stereotyping  
Exclusion  
Unreality  
Selectivity  
Isolation  
 
4. The Road to Closing the Achievement Gap
The Urban Achievement Gap: Fact Versus Fiction  
What Can Teachers Do?  
 
5. Which Teaching and Learning Strategies Make the Most Difference in Closing the Gap?
What Is a Best Practice?  
High Expectations: Why They Matter  
The Role of the Self-System in Learning  
We Have Their Attention--Now What?  
General Ideas for Cognition  
Some Additional Thoughts  
How Do We Deal With Language Acquisition Skills?  
 
6. Working With Diversity: A Teacher?s Checklist
 
Vocabulary Summary
 
Vocabulary Posttest
 
References
 
Index

"The book provides a root cause analysis of why so many students are failing in America’s public schools. The materials translate research into practice and provides a rich collection of research for instructional strategies."

Mary Reeve, Director, Services for Exceptional Students
Gallup McKinley County Schools, NM

Complements well multicultural education topics. And is a good starting point for discussions. Students can read it fast. I used it as first two class sessions discussion starter.

Dr Zsuzsanna Szabo
Social Behavioral Science Div, Marist College
October 11, 2011

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Introduction

Chapter 1: Influences


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