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Strategy #1: Do I know my learners culturally and linguistically?

Your class list is more than a collection of names. It represents learners who may come from a variety of backgrounds and who may speak more than one language. For the learners in your classroom, fill in the information you have. For any cells left blank, brainstorm ideas about how you can find out that information (also see the Engages Communities section of this ASSIST website to find additional tools).

This information can help you know which students may need further support in the classroom and at home, as well as help you see connections you can make with students' prior knowledge and experience. Once the information is complete, move on to strategy #2 to examine and extend your unit plans.

Knowing students culturally and linguistically

Student name English proficiency Language(s) spoken at home Cultural heritage Ways to find missing information
  oral written      
Amal Ali Novice Novice ?? ??

Family Background Survey

Home visit

Parent Conference

Susan Blake Native Native English German  
Tony Chalmers Native Native English ??

Family Background Survey

Parent Conference

Juan Lopez Emergent Emergent Spanish, some English Mexican  
Claire Martin Novice Novice English ??

Family Background Survey

Student Inquiry Projects

Haojing Nui Novice Novice ?? Chinese

Family Background Survey

Home visit

Parent Conference

etc.          

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