103. The part of Northwest Arkansas that I work in is homogeneous and there is no cultural diversity in the community at large. What would be my best approach for staying abreast of the latest developments as well as being about to apply them to a classroom setting?
Your question shows a very deep sense of responsibility for helping your students understand the world today, even it the diversity of the entire world and of this nation --and Arkansas'-- may not be readily apparent in your community.
One suggestion is: Keep visiting my Web Sites!!!! There are very interesting and helpful cultural questions posted frequently.
Another suggestion is: Look deeper within your community. ALL communities today, everywhere in the world, are connected through business or commerce. For example, who would think that the Arkansas' Congressional Delegation is interested in selling Arkansas rice to CUBA? YES!!!! I have read fascinating stories in your state's major newspapers about the incredible international business dealings that Arkansas maintains with the entire world. Just look at Tyson, or Wal-Mart, or so many other business enterprises originating or based in Arkansas!!!
Bring the business sections of your major newspapers to your classroom. Show in a world
map ALL the countries and
communities that Arkansas deals with in terms of business or commerce.
Use the Internet to bring the world into your classroom. ALL newspapers and magazines, in ALL languages are available through the Internet. Use music and fashion design and art to illustrate how other countries and other cultures influence us!!!! Just continue to be aware of all the extraordinary changes happening in Arkansas and share with your students all that information.
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1. Cognitive - Academic Language and Vocabulary Development
2. Cross Cultural Diversity - Multicultural Strategies
3. Effective Instruction for English Learners (L.E.P. students) Parts 1, 2, 3, 4
4. Promoting Academic Success in Language Minority Students
5. Cognitive - Academic Language and Vocabulary Development
6. Oral Language / Literacy Skills / Higher Order Thinking Skills
7. 50/50 Dual Language Programs: design, planning and implementation
8. The Structure of English / The Structure of Spanish
9. Transition: Introduction to English Reading
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Web Site Programs for Paraprofessionals: Number 3.
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Enhanced Cultural Sensitivity - The Challenge of Students Diversity
Identifying / Responding to Students' Language Needs
Phonemic Awareness: Teaching English phonics to L.E.P. students
Relationship Between Reading, Writing and Spelling
Improving Reading Performance -- Building Oral Language Skills)
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