This is a post from Elyse:
Today I received an email from IRA regarding Culturally Responsive Classrooms. The email was a link to the IRA reading radio where Kathy Au discusses many of the topics we are reading about in class. Many of our online posts we made had topics she mentions on the radio address. She also gives suggestions to literacy teachers for ways we can make ELL students more comfortable and to have a voice in the classroom. One point I took from the conversation and that was mentioned in class was: in so many classrooms there is strong competition and cooperation. Students must raise their hand to speak and not all voices are heard. Not all students come from a culture where this is common and as educators we must adjust accordingly. By using strategies that Au mentions like pair-share allows all students to have a voice and to rehearse their responses.
Here is the link:
It is comforting to know that ‘Reading and the Bicultural/Bilingual student’ is a priority for the International Reading Association.