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Finding Joy in Teaching Students of Diverse Backgrounds Culturally Responsive and Socially Just Practices in U. S. Classrooms

ISBN-10: 0325027153
ISBN-13: 9780325027159
Edition: 2013
Authors: Sonia Nieto
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Book details

Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Heinemann
Publication date: 10/1/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 200
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

"While no check-list of attitudes, dispositions, behaviors, or actions can define what thriving teachers look like, the teachers interviewed here give us powerful examples of what it takes to face their profession with courage, their content with enthusiasm, and their students with love." -Sonja Nieto One in four public school students in the U.S. now speaks a language other than English at home, and the number of emergent bilingual and immigrant children in our schools continues to grow daily. What does it mean to be a teacher today, when students are more diverse in language, culture, race, and social class than ever before? What does it take to thrive, when the demands of teaching have never been greater? Sonja Nieto found and interviewed 22 teachers of varying backgrounds and school settings who help answer the question of what effective, culturally responsive teaching looks like in the real world. Their stories of success, failure, frustration and hope will resonate with everyone who has struggled to meet the needs of diverse students in our current sociopolitical context. Nieto explores the common themes that arose throughout the interviews, of teaching with a social justice perspective, the moral dimensions of teaching, advocating for students, and challenging the status quo. She raises a persuasive argument that teaching is an ethical endeavor, that we must honor students' identities and believe in their futures, and that ultimately teaching is an act of love. The stories of Nieto's passionate teachers will inspire and motivate you to find joy in teaching students of diverse backgrounds.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Thriving Teachers, Diversity, and Change
The Interviews
Recognizing the Current Context of Public Education
Surviving in Today's Schools: Taking Stock of Where We Are
Federal Policy and the Marketization of Schooling
Sociopolitical Issues in Schools and Society
Societal Barriers
School Conditions
The Ideological Barrier
Students and Teachers in U.S. Public Schools
Teachers: Between a Rock and a Hard Place
Students in U.S. Public Schools: Change and Diversity
Conclusion: Context Always Influences Teaching
Professional Development: Preparing for the Real World
Learning to Teach Students of Diverse Backgrounds
Teaching from a Social Justice Perspective
Defining Social Justice in Education
The Political Nature of Social Justice Teaching
Social Justice Pedagogy
Professional Development
Teacher Preparation Programs
Inservice Professional Development
Mentoring and Induction Programs
Teacher Collaboration
The Problem of Assessing Teacher Quality
Conclusion: What Does Professional Development Mean to Teachers?
Profiles of Thriving Teachers
It's Whom You Teach, Not Just What You Teach
Starting Where Kids Are At
Bringing Your Identity into the Classroom
Two Models of Caring
Angeles P�rez
Angeles's Approach
Roger Wallace
Roger's Approach
Conclusion: Teaching Is an Act of Love
"If I Haven't Taught Them How to Be Good People, That's Failure": Teachers' Perspectives on the Moral Dimensions of Teaching
Instilling Values of Empathy and Responsibility
Carmen Tisdale
Adam Heenan
Amber Bechard
Culturally Responsive Pedagogy
Carmen Tisdale
Amber Bechard
Adam Heenan
Conclusion: Teaching Is an Ethical Endeavor
The Quest for Knowledge: Teacher Learning In and Out of the Classroom
Learning as a Lifelong Journey
John Nguyen
Self-Initiated Learning
Creating Curriculum Through Learning
Passing on a Passion for Learning
Alicia L�pez
On-the-Job Learning
Learning Through Professional Organizations
Learning from and About Students
Conclusion: Teachers Thrive When They Keep Learning
"I Hope I Can Become That Teacher": Teaching to Honor Language and Culture
What's in a Name? Emergent Bilingual Students
Emergent Bilingual Students in the United States
The Loyola Marymount University Teachers
Replicating or Rewriting Their Autobiography
Making a Difference for Emergent Bilingual Students
Affirming Family and Community Resources
Disillusionment with the Current State of Public Education
Conclusion: Teaching Is Honoring Students' Identities and Believing in Their Futures
Teaching to Nurture Students' Dreams
Yolanda Harris
Maria Ram�rez Acevedo
John Gunderson
Common Values in Diverse Settings
A Life of Service
Connecting with Students Through Shared Identities and Experiences
Questioning Conventions
Conclusion: Teaching Is Challenging the Status Quo
Teaching as Social Justice and Advocacy
Social Justice Education: Different Contexts, Diverse Strategies
Stories of Social Justice Teachers
Geoffrey Winikur
Mar�a Federico Brummer
Hyung Nam
Social Justice in Practice
Social Justice and Curriculum
Social Justice and Pedagogy
Social Justice and Relationships
Social Justice and Courage
Conclusion: Teaching Is Advocacy
Lessons Learned
Teaching Students of Diverse Backgrounds: What Does It Take?
Teaching Is an Act of Love
Teaching Is an Ethical Endeavor
Teachers Thrive When They Keep Learning
Teaching Is Honoring Students' Identities and Believing in Their Futures
Teaching Is Challenging the Status Quo
Teaching Is Advocacy
Conclusion: Teachers Make a Difference
From Dispositions to Actions: Becoming Culturally Responsive Teachers
Enacting Values in the Classroom
Engaging in Critical Self-Reflection
Valuing Language and Culture
Insisting on High-Quality, Excellent Work from All Students
Honoring Families
Exemplifying a Commitment to Lifelong Learning
Conclusion: Living the Values of Social Justice
From Surviving to Thriving: The Role of Hope in Teaching
What Does It Mean to Thrive?
Thriving Despite Anxiety, Insecurity, and Frustration
Diverse Perspectives on Thriving
Thriving as Learning and Renewal
Bringing Feeling Back into the Teaching Profession
Four Pieces of Advice
Learn About Yourself
Learn About Your Students
Cultivate Allies
Have a Life
Final Thoughts
Additional Resources
References
Index

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