Managing Diverse Classrooms: How to Build on Students' Cultural Strengths / Edition 1

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Overview

How does the home culture of Latino immigrant students differ from the "mainstream" culture of U.S. schools? Why is it important for teachers to understand the differences? How can educators take advantage of students' cultural traits to improve classroom management, student performance, and school-parent relations? Carrie Rothstein-Fisch and Elise Trumbull answer these and many other questions by drawing on the experience and collective wisdom of teachers in the Bridging Cultures Project, a five-year action research study of elementary classrooms with high percentages of immigrant students.

The authors present a simple framework for understanding cultural differences, comparing the "individualistic" culture that prevails in American education with the "collectivistic" culture that characterizes most of the world's population, including many of the Latino immigrant students in U.S. classrooms. At the heart of the book are teacher-developed strategies that capitalize on the cultural values that these students and their families offer, such as an emphasis on helping, sharing, and the success of the group. The strategies cover a wide spectrum of issues and concerns, including

• Communication with families
• Open house and parent-teacher conferences
• Homework
• Attendance
• Learning in the content areas
• Motivation and rewards
• Classroom rules
• Assessment and grading

Managing Diverse Classrooms: How to Build on Students' Cultural Strengths presents both the research foundation and the practical perspectives of seasoned teachers whose classroom-tested approaches have produced positive results. With thisvaluable guide in hand, readers will have the insights and strategies they need to turn educational challenges into educational opportunities.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416606246
  • Publisher: Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development
  • Publication date: 1/28/2008
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 196
  • Sales rank: 281,135
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     ix
Foreword   Patricia Greenfield     xi
Introduction: The Need for a New Approach     xiii
A New Way of Thinking About Classroom Management     1
The Culture of the Group     21
Families: Resources for Organization and Management     48
Helping and Sharing-Doing What Comes Naturally     80
Culturally Responsive Classroom Orchestration     101
The Organization of Learning in the Content Areas     122
Classroom Orchestration of the Assessment Process     144
Conclusion     165
References     177
Index     187
About the Authors     195
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