“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.

How Are We Diverse?

How are we diverse?

Diversity refers to our differences. There are many differences among students within one classroom, much more within a school. In this global society, it is not unusual to find a school in which there are as many as 30 different languages spoken and in which there is a vast difference among students in terms of socioeconomic standing. In Chapter 1, I listed an important difference among our students in terms of the ability to obtain the goods and services (resources) necessary for success. For the purposes of this chapter, we will look at the following differences:

  • Differences in cultures
  • Differences in learning styles or modalities
  • Differences among socioeconomic groups in regard to how they view the resources that affect schools
  • Differences in ...
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