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.

Can’t We All Just Get Along? Using the Curriculum to Improve Race Relations in Class

Can’t We All Just Get Along?

Meet Chau: An Asian American Student (Part 1)

Chau immigrated to the United States from Vietnam. Because her parents had very limited English skills, when her mother enrolled Chau in kindergarten, her mother had trouble communicating with the teacher. However, as a concerned parent, she did her best to inform the teacher that Chau’s name was pronounced “Jo.” After her mother left the classroom, Chau thought that she would enjoy school, but one incident changed her opinion. She explained,

After that, all the mothers went home, and I along with the other kids, listened to our teacher read a book. I liked her. The next day, ...

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