An all-in-one toolkit that empowers new teachers to meet the needs of diverse learners When novice teachers are assigned to teach disadvantaged students, the results are predictable: growing tension and frustration on both sides, leading to disengaged students and disillusioned educators. Gail and Rufus Thompson are renowned experts on bridging the instructional gaps between teachers and students who don’t look like them. In this book, the authors show new teachers how to flourish by building on the assets of their students and the students’ families. Yes, You Can! holds up a mirror to deeply-held beliefs about race and other variables of difference. Through interactive exercises, readers gain confidence and empathy that translate to success for students. The book includes: Powerful vignettes about real teachers and students that help promote teacher empathy and understanding Original research conducted by the authors on the confidence levels of new and experienced educators Targeted strategies for many student profiles: African American, Latino, Asian American, White, high-achiever, low-achiever, and more Before learning can take place, there must be mutual understanding and respect between student and teacher. Yes, You Can! ensures these critical links are strong.

This Stuff Is Hard! Improving Your Classroom Management Skills

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Meet Jamel: A Troubled Student (Part 1)

Like many African American elementary school students, Jamel was an energetic little boy. He had strong leadership skills, was a gifted poet who loved to express his thoughts through rhymes, and dreamed of becoming a rapper when he grew up. But over time, Jamel’s personality changed. He began to miss a lot of school, and when he did attend, he usually misbehaved. “[H]e threw erasers at teachers, tossed gum in girls’ hair, [and] sliced open other children’s coats so the feathers spilled out.”1

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