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.

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Another Student From a Challenging Background (Part 1)

During his childhood, Lloyd Dean had many strikes against him. First, he was an African American male who was born into a society that had a long, negative reputation with African American males. Furthermore, “his father was a foundry worker and his mother was a homemaker. For years, the family was on and off welfare. They had no health insurance [and] the first time [Lloyd] visited a doctor was when he was in junior high school.”1 On top of this, his father had a bad temper, and Lloyd feared him. Often, his father took his frustration out on his children, and when Lloyd looked at the lives ...

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