Urban Teaching in America: Theory, Research, and Practice in K-12 Classrooms is a brief yet comprehensive overview of urban teaching. Undergraduate and graduate students who are new to the urban context will develop a deeper understanding of the urban teaching environment and the challenges and opportunities they can expect to face while teaching in it. The authors have combined the work of urban education theorists, researchers, and practitioners to demonstrate that urban students bring many resources to their learning environment and can often serve as educators to the teachers themselves. Readers will feel prepared to challenge, rather than maintain, the status quo after reading this book.

Using Culturally Responsive Pedagogy to Improve Teaching and Learning

Using culturally responsive pedagogy to improve teaching and learning

Vignette: Culturally Responsive Pedagogy in Action

Ms. Ou's racially and economically diverse class is engaged in a stimulating conversation about cultural stereotypes. Some would say sixth graders are not capable of such insightful and thoughtful comments, but the students themselves are heatedly debating. Ms. Ou skillfully moderates a studentcentered discussion, continuously asking students to bring their ideas back to the texts. Initially, they compare the tone and mood in Amy Tan's short story “Fish Cheeks” and Wing Tek Lum's poem “T-Bone Steak for Ben Tong,” but the conversation slowly evolves to a discussion of cultural beliefs and practices.

Ms. Ou shares her personal story of being Chinese American, comparing herself ...

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