How to Teach Students Who Don't Look Like You
Culturally Responsive Teaching Strategies
- Bonnie M. Davis - Educating for Change
Foreword by Curtis Linton
Engage diverse learners in your classroom with culturally responsive instruction!
How to Teach Students Who Don't Look like You helps educators recognize the impact that culture has on the learning process. The term "diverse learners" encompasses a variety of student groups, including homeless children, migrant children, English language learners, children experiencing gender identity issues, children with learning disabilities, and children with special needs.
This revised second edition reflects the latest trends in education, and includes new coverage of standards-based, culturally responsive lesson planning and instruction, differentiated instruction, RTI, and the Common Core State Standards. Bonnie M. Davis helps all educators:
- Tailor instruction to their own unique student population
- Reflect on their own cultures and how this shapes their views of the world
- Cultivate a deeper understanding of race and racism in the U.S.
- Create culturally responsive instruction
- Understand culture and how it affects learning
How to Teach Students Who Don't Look like You provides crucial strategies to assist educators in addressing the needs of diverse learners and closing the achievement gap.
"This book 'fires up' educators by speaking from the soul to reach the heart, from the research to engage the mind, and from the skillful hand to build the necessary expertise."
—Peggy Dickerson, Professional Service Provider
Region XIII Texas Education Service Center, Austin, TX
"The vignettes and classroom situations help the reader understand how race plays out in our society and in our classrooms. Dr. Davis takes on a very volatile topic and is able to engage the reader without offending. The examples, vignettes, cases, and stories will hook the readers just as they did me. Once I began reading the book, I could not put it down."
—Ava Maria Whittemore, Minority Achievement Coordinator
Frederick County Public Schools, MD
"Bonnie has a wealth of experience across diverse settings, in diverse schools, and with many different ages of students, and this is clear throughout the manuscript. This text offers an enormous array of strategies that have been built over time and through many experiences. Educators who purchase her books are given a massive learning & experiential shortcut!”
“Its no-nonsense approaches to the needs of these students coupled with examples and vignettes which support these needs, provide a strong case and purpose for meeting the needs of these students. Educators can no long ‘teach to the middle,’ to do so is an injustice, and cannot continue.”
“If you are an educator who wonders, ‘What else can I do to help my students of color?’ Bonnie Davis has something for you. Be prepared to reflect on the importance of your own racial experience while you are introduced to strategy after strategy for working effectively across lines of race and culture.”
“Dr. Bonnie Davis’ original text, How to Teach Students Who Don’t Look Like You has been a valuable resource during my instruction of diversity. I look forward to the new edition and adding it to my syllabus.”
“This text 'fires up' educators by speaking from the soul to reach the heart – from the research to the engage the mind – and from the skillful hand to build the necessary expertise. Thank you for a guide to make the next step of our journey.”
“I just love Bonnie’s authentic approach at challenging educators to examine themselves while working towards building culturally responsive classrooms where kids from different cultures can achieve.”
“This book is a must-have for the teacher who wishes to self-examine their own belief systems and garner this information to become a balanced and fair teacher from the prospective of race."
“Often in cultural discussions one race or culture is vilified, causing the reader to be offended and turned off of the book. How to Teach Students Who Don’t Look Like You tackles difficult issues without condemnation and offers solid ideas that propel educators to reflect inward in order to impact their classroom and school cultures. The author is passionate and the reader leaves the pages desiring the same passion."
“Bonnie Davis has updated a book that covers topics I haven’t seen addressed before. She manages to convey that we are different, culturally, from the majority of students we teach, and that we need to recognize this and use it to our advantage. Ms. Davis’s book is all about making relationships with students so that they are better able to do what they need to do in the classroom. Her firm but fair approach is refreshing and research based and proven to be successful in many classrooms around the country. This is apparent by the fact that Ms. Davis is hired by many districts as a consultant, to help individual schools succeed with many more of their students.”
“How to Teach Students Who Don’t Look Like You provides insight and provokes action. It challenges long held notions about teaching and learning while keeping it student centered. Dr. Davis understands what it means to be an educator and through her work, validates and affirms what it is we know is possible and how to be our best."
Sample Materials & Chapters
Chapter 6: What Do We Need to Know About Culturally Diverse Learners?