Find here an article about one of my former students whom I trained and her amazing activities in her school. Also, I am very grateful for crediting me and one of my publications with inspiring her to start a new initiative with immigrant families.
It is a proud teacher moment for me! http://www.kentucky.com/news/local/counties/bourbon-county/article166319872.html
The book discussed in the article:
Many teachers try everything to make their students feel comfortable in their classrooms. I would like to encourage all of you to consider the realities of all of your children. In many ways, the decorations communicate bias. Here are some examples. I observed a sign that stated, “use a restaurant voice in class”. However, most of the children in this class came from poverty backgrounds and had never been to a real restaurant. Also, in many cases, the students’ families are not a safe and happy place. Therefore, asking children to behave in class as though it was a family may not evoke positive emotional responses. Below is one of such wall decorations. In summary, be mindful of your audience and try to avoid cultural bias or micro aggression.
Have you ever considered asking your immigrants about their perception about their life in their new country? Maybe it would be a great activity to be shared with the entire school and community! Read more about this here in IN THEIR WORDS: ENGLISH LEARNERS SHARE THEIR STORIES ABOUT SCHOOL at https://ctmirror.org/2017/07/31/in-their-words-english-learners-share-their-stories-about-school/