Ideal as a supplementary text for a variety of courses and as a guide for in-service teachers and for professional development settings, Teaching English Language Learners: 43 Strategies for Successful K–8 Classrooms provides teachers of all content areas with a broad, practical approach to teaching English language learners in the regular classroom setting.
Building Funds of Knowledge into Classroom Instruction
As educators, we know that students have greater opportunities for learning when instruction is relevant. Infusing the funds of knowledge (Gonzalez et al., 2005) from families and communities into classroom instruction helps to connect home and school learning and increases the likelihood that students will view instruction as relevant. Also, bringing the knowledge from diverse homes including language, customs, and artifacts, into the classroom, shows that these differences are valued and, thus, that students themselves are valued. Strategy 42 focused on the importance of communicating with families within their homes and communities and mentioned two resulting cases of parents coming to the classroom to share their talents and funds of knowledge. Bringing ...