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.

ConclusionDon’t Throw in the Towel—How to Keep Going When You Feel Like Giving Up


In May 2013, Michaela, the second-year teacher to whom we introduced you in Chapter 1, celebrated two great milestones. The first was that she had finally finished the course work and exams to earn her master’s degree. The second was that she had successfully completed her second year of teaching. Yes, it was true that her second year was challenging. That year, she had been assigned to teach eleventh graders for the first time. In spite of her best efforts, some students refused to cooperate and violated her class rules. In fact, things got so rough one day, she actually burst into tears in front of her students. Often, during that ...

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