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The Light in Their Eyes By Sonya Nieto Urban Education, 716 UW-Milwaukee Dr. Chapman Fall 2007
Learning is More Than: <ul><li>Course content </li></ul><ul><li>Classroom experience </li></ul><ul><li>Test scores </li></...
Learning Is: <ul><li>Actively constructed </li></ul><ul><li>Developed on experience </li></ul><ul><li>Creating & recreatin...
Contradiction in Schools <ul><li>Transmitted by teachers, yet actively constructed by students </li></ul><ul><li>Distrust ...
Cultural Capital <ul><li>Experiences give advantages in learning </li></ul><ul><li>Schools serve some students </li></ul><...
Teachers Need To: <ul><li>Build on what students have </li></ul><ul><li>Not lament what students don’t have </li></ul><ul>...
Cultural Differences <ul><li>Influence learning </li></ul><ul><li>Constantly change </li></ul><ul><li>Are not barriers to ...
Context of Learning <ul><li>Social, political, economic factors influence learning </li></ul><ul><li>Affect teacher percep...
Cultural Sensitivity <ul><li>Negative messages devalue some, often non-majority students </li></ul><ul><li>Difficult to id...
Zone of Proximal Development <ul><li>Schools must make learning accessible to students </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher’s actions...
Inequities in Schools <ul><li>Intentional or unintentional, doesn’t matter </li></ul><ul><li>Results are same </li></ul><u...
Culture & Learning <ul><li>Student identification, maintenance of native culture is good </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher is cult...
Transforming Teachers <ul><li>Learn about students </li></ul><ul><li>Identify with them </li></ul><ul><li>Build on strengt...
School Reform <ul><li>Anti-racist, anti-bias </li></ul><ul><li>All students have talents, strengths </li></ul><ul><li>Thos...
Multicultural Education <ul><li>Framework for rethinking schools </li></ul><ul><li>Recognize all students as capable, wort...
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Sonya Nieto's book, "The Light in Their Eyes" gives a clear perspective on multicultural education. It is an easy to read, enjoyable and understandable, focusing on the social context of learning. Nieto, suggests that “three issues need to be emphasized concerning the links among language, culture, and learning”.

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  1. 1. The Light in Their Eyes By Sonya Nieto Urban Education, 716 UW-Milwaukee Dr. Chapman Fall 2007
  2. 2. Learning is More Than: <ul><li>Course content </li></ul><ul><li>Classroom experience </li></ul><ul><li>Test scores </li></ul><ul><li>Final grades </li></ul>
  3. 3. Learning Is: <ul><li>Actively constructed </li></ul><ul><li>Developed on experience </li></ul><ul><li>Creating & recreating ideas </li></ul>
  4. 4. Contradiction in Schools <ul><li>Transmitted by teachers, yet actively constructed by students </li></ul><ul><li>Distrust teachers & students can construct meaning </li></ul><ul><li>“ Teaching basics” under-serves students, assumes they can’t do more </li></ul><ul><li>Severe with high concentrations of poverty, non-majority students </li></ul>
  5. 5. Cultural Capital <ul><li>Experiences give advantages in learning </li></ul><ul><li>Schools serve some students </li></ul><ul><li>Fail to recognize experiences of other students </li></ul>
  6. 6. Teachers Need To: <ul><li>Build on what students have </li></ul><ul><li>Not lament what students don’t have </li></ul><ul><li>Not penalize students </li></ul><ul><li>Realize all students can learn </li></ul>
  7. 7. Cultural Differences <ul><li>Influence learning </li></ul><ul><li>Constantly change </li></ul><ul><li>Are not barriers to learning </li></ul><ul><li>Are opportunities to reach out </li></ul>
  8. 8. Context of Learning <ul><li>Social, political, economic factors influence learning </li></ul><ul><li>Affect teacher perceptions </li></ul><ul><li>What & how teachers teach </li></ul>
  9. 9. Cultural Sensitivity <ul><li>Negative messages devalue some, often non-majority students </li></ul><ul><li>Difficult to identify with school </li></ul><ul><li>Students de-emphasize school achievement, protect self-esteem </li></ul>
  10. 10. Zone of Proximal Development <ul><li>Schools must make learning accessible to students </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher’s actions influence whether and to what extent students learn </li></ul><ul><li>All children learn given opportunities for appropriate interactions </li></ul>
  11. 11. Inequities in Schools <ul><li>Intentional or unintentional, doesn’t matter </li></ul><ul><li>Results are same </li></ul><ul><li>Students respond to high expectations, caring, respect </li></ul>
  12. 12. Culture & Learning <ul><li>Student identification, maintenance of native culture is good </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher is cultural accommodator, mediator </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on differences in isolation of broader context does not increase learning </li></ul>
  13. 13. Transforming Teachers <ul><li>Learn about students </li></ul><ul><li>Identify with them </li></ul><ul><li>Build on strengths </li></ul><ul><li>Challenge displays of privilege, inherent biases </li></ul>
  14. 14. School Reform <ul><li>Anti-racist, anti-bias </li></ul><ul><li>All students have talents, strengths </li></ul><ul><li>Those close to students must be meaningfully involved </li></ul><ul><li>High expectations & standards </li></ul><ul><li>Empowering & just </li></ul>
  15. 15. Multicultural Education <ul><li>Framework for rethinking schools </li></ul><ul><li>Recognize all students as capable, worthy </li></ul><ul><li>Give hope, affirmation </li></ul>
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