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.

Ties That Can Bind Forming Strong Working Relationships With Colleagues of Color

Ties That Can Bind

In Chapter 1, we introduced you to Michaela, a beginning teacher who worked at an urban high school in a low-income community. The following story, which Michaela shared with us by telephone and e-mail, is based on an experience that she had during the summer after her second year of teaching. As you read it, please complete the related exercises.

Michaela and Her Colleague: “No One Wants to Look Up Words in the Dictionary for Three Hours” (Part 1)

At the end of her second year of teaching, in order to fulfill one of the requirements to earn a master’s degree in education, Michaela needed to complete several classroom observations and ...

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