eBook Identity Safe Classrooms: Places to Belong and Learn, 1st Edition

  • Dorothy M. Steele
  • Becky Cohn-Vargas
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  • ISBN-10: 1483306623
  • ISBN-13: 9781483306629
  • DDC: 306.43
  • 232 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2017 | Published/Released August 2017
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2017
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This book is focused on a set of strategies that have a positive effect on student learning and attachment to schooling, in spite of real and powerful social inequalities. This evidence-based book is drawn from research showing that students from all backgrounds in identity safe classrooms learn better and like school more than their peers in other classrooms. Elementary teachers will learn the importance of teaching pro-social skills and cooperative learning in the context of high expectations and challenging curriculum. Use these strategies, rooted in social psychology research and child centered teaching practices, to build communities of learners in diverse classrooms. Invaluable teacher vignettes, reflective exercises, and practical advice make this comprehensive guide a must for creating an inclusive, academically challenging classroom where students come to understand the empowering message that who they are and what they think matters.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
About the Authors.
Getting Started.
1: Welcome to Readers.
2: How to Use This Book.
Child-Centered Teaching.
3: Listening for Students’ Voices.
4: Teaching for Understanding.
5: Focus on Cooperation.
6: Classroom Autonomy.
Cultivating Diversity as a Resource.
7: Using Diversity as a Resource for Teaching.
8: High Expectations and Academic Rigor.
9: Challenging Curriculum.
Classroom Relationships.
10: Teacher Warmth and Availability to Support Learning.
11: Positive Student Relationships.
Caring Classrooms.
12: Teacher Skill.
13: Emotional and Physical Comfort.
14: Attention to Prosocial Development.