Meet The Author
Zaretta Hammond has been asking the question "How do we get students to be leaders of their own learning?" for many years. It began when she was an English teacher, carried over into instructional coaching, and now is a basis for both her book and the classes she teaches at Saint Mary's College in California.
Website: CRT and the Brain
Next, let's take a look at our school. Professional Development is continuous but when we learn new skills how are they implemented? Are they effective? How do we know? Are they research based? Are we giving them enough time to become effective?
Chapter 1: Climbing Out of the Gap
Neuroscience tells us that culture plays a critical role in Intellectual Capacity (the ability to learn). Thus culturally responsive teaching isn't a new tool or strategy to employ in the classroom but rather a framework in which teaching must occur.
Chapter 2: What's Culture Got to Do with It?
Rather than learning the nuances of every culture represented in your classroom, Ms. Hammond provides a detailed chart of cultural archetypes to assist you. Learn the difference between Individualism and Collectivism; Oral Traditions and Written Traditions. Which cultures go to which type and what is most represented in your classroom? This section was fascinating to me as I have always been asked how I get my students to achieve so much. Now I know!
Read the Introduction, Chapter 1, and Chapter 2. Answer the questions posed above. Join us on Instagram for the discussion this week about each of these chapters. Share how ideas on how this will affect your classroom. What resources do you use and recommend to others?
Remember, the information I shared above is just a few highlights from the book that spoke to me. What you take away can (should) be different. Feel free to share any of your thoughts, ask your own questions, and make this study yours!
Until Next time,
Hi! My name is Misty. I am a 6th Grade ELA Teacher, Mama of 5, and author of The Path to Passionate Teaching.