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Students' cognitive, social, and emotional functioning and development is to a large extent culturally, socially, and contextually based. It is critical that educators become familiar with recognizing the numerous ecological influences of cultural diversity on American educational systems. Educational systems have in many ways operated without a strong awareness of a multicultural context and there is much to change at individual, institutional, and systemic levels. Due to rapidly changing demographics in America's schools, successful educators will be those who can work effectively and proactively with diverse students.
Diversity Training for Classroom Teaching: A Manual for Students and Educators is a resource guide geared to help educators create classroom communities that respond to diversity. Current United States national policy mandates that all pre-service teachers take a course in cultural diversity. The ideology behind this mandate is the belief that as America's classrooms become more demographically diverse, educators must learn how to respond to the different needs and cultural styles of children who represent such diversity. While textbooks that highlight these issues do exist, missing from current diversity education literature is a how-to toolkit designed to provide educators with activities, reflective scenarios, resources, and reference lists. The learning activities presented in this volume seek to fill this current gap in the literature. They define terminology, provide activities to raise self-awareness, include newspaper articles that illustrate the relevance of concepts, and allow for an overall dialogue about diverse issues.
Diversity Training for Classroom Teaching encourages readers to generate their own construction of effective multicultural education and learn how to adapt it across various student populations and educational problems. At the same time, learning activities encourage readers to respect and seek to understand the experiences and worldviews of different people and how these diverse realities influence what is meant by multicultural education.
A-Z Positive Classroom Rules is a book that connects letter to sound knowledge for children between the ages of 4-8. Each letter of the alphabet corresponds to a positive classroom rule. These rules often reach far beyond the parameters of the classroom and it is Trish's dream that these ideas will become the foundation of a child's social behavior.
The content of the book seeks to address, discuss and resolve common issues encountered playing on a select sports team. Its primary focus is on basketball and helping parents make the right decision as to whether or not to allow their child to specialize in one sport in pursue of scholarship or a dream of one day playing in the NBA (National Basketball Association). The author's goal is to set the expectations for the parent and child that playing AAU basketball is fun and very entertaining but it requires time, energy, commitment and money. Solutions and remedies are given to a common question most parents have such as, "why doesn't the coach play my child more during the game?" Another question of interest for most parents is the financial burden it appears to place on most families that include the cost of uniforms, tournament fees, food and travel and if it's all worth pursuing every year! There is an entire chapter dedicated to searching and finding the right team for my child. Another chapter focus on finding a coach that has my child's best interest in mind as a player and as person. It's a book that every coach that coaches a select sport team should purchase and give their parents and require them to read before the season begins especially chapter 5. Chapter 5 defines the parent's role during the course of the season making the games fun for everyone. The book a great read for anyone that has a child playing on a select sports team.
There is nothing to be found in the pages of these books but misery and despair. You still have time to choose something else to read. But if you must know what unpleasantries befall the charming and clever Baudelaire children read on.
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