What are your students reading?
Sometimes it is hard to tell our students to imagine themselves in the text, when very few of the books in our classrooms mimic who are students are. When we think about diversity and literacy, we must go deeper than the color of one’s skin. I often receive so much feedback when I share the name of my nonprofit organization. People often say “Why did you tag it as colored? Isn’t that for all black people? Do you think other races will be offended?” My response is always “No.” We have to look at our students with more depth than the color of their skin.
Our students bring a wealth of colors to the classroom daily, that we must modify our instruction to address. As educators, we are the ROY G. BIV of schooling. It takes red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet to make a rainbow, and it takes many colors to get the the heart of a child. At the end of every rainbow is supposedly a pot of gold. Well what do you think a child who sees all his colors shining will have. We open the doors of opportunities when we pour into students according to all their colors. Our students are filled with colors of race, class, religion, sexual orientation, age, mental abilities, talents and gifts, physical abilities, nationality, gender, and so much more. Our books have to be diverse enough to accommodate the colors of a student, and as an educator it is our job to ensure that it happens. We must go deeper than the skin. We have to heal and mend the internal wounds. Patch those scars with colors of success.
Here’s what I am reading now:
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