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Finding joy in teaching students of diverse backgrounds : culturally responsive and socially just practices in U.S. classrooms

Author: Sonia Nieto
Publisher: Portsmouth, NH : Heinemann, [2013]
Edition/Format:   Print book : English
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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?  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sonia Nieto
ISBN: 9780325027159 0325027153
OCLC Number: 846546217
Description: xv, 179 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Acknowledgments --
Introduction --
Part I. Recognizing the current context of public education --
Surviving in today's schools: taking stock of where we are --
Professional development: preparing for the real world --
Part II. Profiles of thriving teachers --
It's whom you teach, not just what you teach --
"If I haven't taught them how to be good people, that's failure": teachers' perspectives on the moral dimensions of teaching --
The quest for knowledge: teacher learning in and out of the classroom --
"I hope I can become that teacher": teaching to honor language and culture --
Teaching to nurture students' dreams --
Teaching as social justice and advocacy --
Part III. Lessons learned --
Teaching students of diverse backgrounds: what does it take? --
From dispositions to actions: becoming culturally responsive teachers --
From surviving to thriving: the role of hope in teaching --
Additional resources --
References --
Index.
Responsibility: Sonia Nieto.

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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? Sonia 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.

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