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Bright Ribbons: Weaving Culturally Responsive Teaching Into the Elementary Classroom

Bright Ribbons: Weaving Culturally Responsive Teaching Into the Elementary Classroom

Foreword by Gary Howard

March 2017 | 224 pages | Corwin

Weave culturally responsive teaching into every lesson and activity

Culturally responsive teaching practices are like bright ribbons: when you weave them into everything you teach, you create a beautiful tapestry for successful learning. Lotus Howard, who has spent four decades teaching in diverse classrooms, will show you how to build relationships with your students and create a harmonious community where every child can thrive. You’ll learn:

  • How to use culturally responsive teaching (CRT) not as an add-on, but as a philosophy that infuses every aspect of the school day
  • Simple strategies for weaving the seven principles of CRT into all lessons and activities, including morning greetings, transition times, and group work
  • How to be more self-reflective to better appreciate and unlock students’ unique gifts

With an array of practical tips, model lessons, and resources, this book will inspire you to weave a holistic tapestry of teaching and learning that benefits all children.

Foreword by Gary Howard
Chapter 1 - Stringing the Vertical Threads: Basic Assumptions Underlying Good Culturally Responsive Teaching
Chapter 2 - Red Ribbons: Teachers Are Personally & Culturally Inviting
Chapter 3 - Orange Ribbons: The Classroom is Personally & Culturally Inviting
Chapter 4 - Yellow Ribbons: Interactions Stress Collectivity As Well As Individuality
Chapter 5 - Green Ribbons: Students Are Affirmed in Their Cultural Connections
Chapter 6 - Blue Ribbons: Students Are Reinforced for Academic Development
Chapter 7 - Purple Ribbons: Instructional Changes Are Made to Accommodate Differences
Chapter 8 - Violet Ribbons: The Classroom is Managed with Firm, Consistent, Loving Control
Chapter 9 - Conclusion

"Bright Ribbons is inspiring, uplifting and appropriate for the 21st century classroom, including students, teachers, and administrators to read and utilize as a resource."

Melanie S. Hedges, Art Teacher
West Gate Elementary School, West Palm Beach, FL

"Bright Ribbons is a must-have resource for any school with a growing multicultural population!"

Gayla LeMay, ESOL Lead Teacher
Louise Radloff Middle School, Duluth, GA

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