Why teachers should learn about students' backgrounds, communities

04/11/2011 | Teacher Leaders Network

New York City teacher Ariel Sacks asserts in this blog post for teacher preparation to include greater learning about the communities that candidates will be teaching in. She writes that after college, she and other teachers felt as if they were on their own in understanding the communities they were teaching in and the background of their students. Sacks says mentoring, child development and curriculum are critical to teacher preparation but there also should be a focus on understanding student contexts and communities.

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