WELCOME, Culturally Relevant Students, to our Spring 2010 Semester!
"When we speak of diversity in the classroom, we usually focus on the diversity of the students in the room. We often forget that the teacher also brings a range of diversity issues to the classroom. Every teacher brings his or her physical appearance and culture into the room at the same time as the students do. How you look, how you speak, how you act upon your opinions of the role of academics (and particularly of the class you teach), and the extent to which these differ from the physical, cultural and intellectual backgrounds of your students will have a profound effect on the interactions in your classroom. Thus you need to be aware of possible reactions among the students to your race, gender, age, ethnicity, physical attributes and abilities. Preparing for such reactions will involve not only knowing as much as you can about your students, but also turning the mirror to yourself, and finding out more about your own diversity issues."
Welcome to our Fall 2009 Educating Linguistically Diverse Students Course. Our class blog is available at http://unm-farmington.tripod.com/315. Also our Class Collection of web pages is indexed at http://fvitali.tripod.com/315f09.html
I look forward to our dialogue, practicum experiences, and adventures that will help us become more culturally responsive educators.
Frances Vitali, Instructor
Please list your reflections below after our first session, August 24.
Each week we will keep a diary of our sessions as a way to document our learning experiences throughout the semester. This will become our class story. Please make note of your scheduled day as the Weekly Scribe.
April 9 TBA | April 16 TBA |
April 23 TBA | April 30 TBA
"People are often powerless, alone, afraid; this is because someone else is telling their stories for them." 'You are ugly. You are undesirable. You are useless'. Through storytelling, you recognize your own story." ~ Joseph Bruchac~
Vicki Bruno will be joining us to teach us sign language and talk about communication disorders from Sept. 18-October 9. Welcome to our Educating Linguistically Diverse Students, Vicki. We look forward to learning from you.
Each week a class member records what happened during our time together as a way to document our time together and to share the story of our learning community. Please post your weekly memories here.
9/4 Elise 9/11 Fredrick 9/18 Heather 9/25 Lacey
10/2 Glynna 10/9 Sarah G. 10/17 Brittany 10/24 Clark
10/31 Miranda 11/6 Sarah B. 11/13 Emily 11/20 Nicole
Thank you for playing along with the Barnga simulation game today. Please post your reflections about it here. (Will you ever learn to trust me again?!)
Thank you, Vicky Bruno, for sharing your expertise with us about language and communication and sign language. Perhaps you can return to UNM and provide a workshop for educators in the near future. Congratulations upon your upcoming retirement. You will missed and we are fortunate that you will be available to share your time with future teachers.
Each of us will have at least one opportunity to record the highlights of each session as a reminder of our time together. In the event someone is absent, the recorded account will serve as a log of what we did each week. So scribe on.
Remember to record the session date and your name when posting the weekly highlight.
1/31 Frances | 2/7 Sarah | 2/28 Nikki |3/6 Christine |
3/13 Hannah | 3/20 Cassady | 4/3 Nick | 4/10 Nancy |
4/17 Shantel | 4/24 Elsie | 5/1 Vickie
In our LLSS 315 course experience we will have the opportunity to see critically from different perspectives and to consider: what it means to educate and to honor funds of knowledge; what knowledge is valued and by whom; and our critical lens as educators.
We will have an opportunity to work with Apache Elementary School teacher Charlotte Bradshaw and her 4th graders on a family history Chautauqua project this semester. This interaction will provide you with a rich, hands-on practicum experience.
In your dual role as both teacher and student you may gain practical experience and bring more value and understanding to our course text content.
I am looking forward to learning along side all of you!
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