Archive for September, 2011

HERITAGE UNIVERSITY SUMMER INSTITUTE – SEATTLE

* This class was a big “aha!” for me. I finally fully understand culturally-responsive teaching!!  Yeah!

*DIVERSITY is a strength! It’s one thing I will never forget!

* Well-organized course with a variety of effective activities.

* I liked the discussions, PowerPoints, videos, articles, projects, group discussions, reflecting – all the hand-on activities.

* I became better aware of my own personal bias and how change begins within me.

* Before class began, I did not have a clear vision of what culturally responsive teaching was.  Now, at the end, I feel very confident about what it is and how to incorporate it into my teaching!  Thank you!

* I learned a lot about culture in the classroom, including examples of how I can do it myself.

* The instructor did a fantastic modeling job on how it should look and feel in the classroom.

* I loved the organization of the course, our interviews, our field studies, and sharing in small groups!

* The instructor’s method of instruction encouraged me to invest emotionally and deeply in a very personal topic (culture) which I have not done in a long time.

* I LOVED the cooperative get-up-and-move activities!  It was a really nice change from sitting and listening to lecturing for hour after hour.

* I had a lot of fun and I felt that I was viewed as an individual.

* Randie was refreshing.

* Clear objectives. Clear expectations. Amazing teacher. Thank you.

* Wonderful stories that related to the topics at hand! I enjoyed the meaningful assignments that we did.

* Dr. Gottlieb has a very gentle, respectful way of teaching.

* Great class! Thanks for being a model for how I will conduct staff development.

HERITAGE UNIVERSITY SUMMER INSTITUTE – SEATTLE

* This was an excellent class!  It made me think critically about my teaching and my students. I feel ready to make the changes in my practice.

* I loved everything!!! The interactive games, the videos, PowerPoints, jigsaw readings, reflective journals, small group discussions, cooperative learning, interviews, projects, going out into the real world and observing others, reflecting from a variety of different perspectives, daily review and summary – all the class activities were excellent.

* Great class! Thanks for being a model for how I will conduct staff development.

* I appreciated the experience and perspective that Dr. Gottlieb brought to the class. Her experiences in Puerto Rico and living on “the Res” gave her an added authority.

* This class was a great blend of discussion, activities and meaningful assignments.  Randie practices what she teaches. She made it a safe environment for a tough subject.

* I learned so many things! My eyes are open more to diversity and critical sociolinguistic issues.

* Dr. Gottlieb is such an amazing lecturer. She creates a calm, accepting classroom that allows people to speak.

* I liked Randie’s succinct lessons, community building, working with peers, and multiple active learning opportunities.

* I liked the many and varied activities and exercises we did in the class. Great ideas for our own classes.

HERITAGE UNIVERSITY SUMMER INSTITUTE – SEATTLE

* Wow!  I learned so much. I learned how to be a culturally-responsive teacher.

* My eyes were opened to prejudice and stereotypes. This class gave me time to reflect on my own.

* I loved the activities, the discussions, the examples, the visuals, peers working together, everything. It really appealed to all my senses and increased my learning.

* It helped me to reinforce my desire to make a difference as a teacher.

* I learned to check my own biases and be aware of messages I send in the classroom. I also learned a lot about myself as a cultural being.

* I learned so much in this class! I learned, truly learned, how to infuse culturally responsive teaching in my own class and to expect high achievement from my students.

* I became more aware of how my teaching can be affected by my prejudices, which are sometimes hidden from my own perceptions.

* Great investigation, discussion and reflections. New skills that I can bring into the classroom to work with my students.

* The wealth of strategies we are gaining…it was a powerful reinforcement of working toward social justice.

* This topic is critical to humanity’s future.

Culture Quiz

Sep.17, 2011
#1: Culture and race are essentially the same thing.

True
False
#2: Culture consists primarily of language, music, art, dance, food and clothing.

True
False
#3: Specific cultural traits tend to have a genetic base.

True
False
#4: Cultures are fairly well-defined, without much overlap between them.

True
False
#5: Despite their differences, most cultures show respect in the same ways.

True
False
#6: People are often unaware of the basic rules of their own cultures.

True
False
#7: In face-to-face conversations, spoken language carries most of the meaning.

True
False
#8: When people speak another language in front of me, they are probably talking about me or hiding something.

True
False
#9: Cultural differences are sometimes viewed as threatening by members of the dominant cultural group.

True
False
#10: It is common to lack confidence and to feel lonely, uneasy or mistrustful when immersed in another culture.

True
False


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