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What's Really Said in the Teachers' Lounge - Book Cover

What's Really Said in the Teachers' Lounge

Provocative Ideas About Cultures and Classrooms

Jeffrey A Kottler states that multiculturalism has become so politically correct that authentic feelings and honest opinions are reserved and limited to the teachers' lounge. What is described as sensitivity to diversity is often transformed into a degree of caution in which people no longer say what they really think. In this book, Kottler presents an honest, intimate, and provocative look at issues related to culture, and suggests ways in which teachers can make their classroom more vibrant and culturally responsive.

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Product Details
  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9780803963382
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 1997
  • Page Count: 200
  • Publication date: May 12, 1997

Price: $39.95



"The topic is a critical one. I personally found the book rewarding. I've taken another look at my æculture within' ." Harvey B. Alvy, School Administration Program Coordinator Eastern Washington University Helps teachers explore how cultural beliefs and biases - theirs, their colleagues' and their students' - affect teaching and learning. Get beyond the "public words" people use about your school's diverse population - and learn to deal with everyone's real feelings. Gives all educators the tools they need to introduce a spirit of compassion into their school or classrooms. Offers workable strategies to help educators: * Talk about prejudice and racism in class * Recruit positive community role models for students * Invite students to research and share their own worldviews * Help marginal students feel competent and valued * Involve students' families Find out how to create a "shared culture" for your students and build a real sense of community in your school.


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Jeffrey A. Kottler

Jeffrey A. Kottler is one of the most prolific authors in the fields of counseling, psychotherapy, and education, having written more than 90 books about a wide range of subjects. He has authored a dozen texts for counselors and therapists that are used in universities around the world and a dozen books each for practicing therapists and educators. Some of his most highly regarded works include Creative Breakthroughs in Therapy, The Mummy at the Dining Room Table: Eminent Therapists Reveal Their Most Unusual Cases and What They Teach Us About Human Behavior, Bad Therapy, The Client Who Changed Me, Divine Madness, Change: What Leads to Personal Transformation, Stories We’ve Heard, Stories We’ve Told: Life-Changing Narratives in Therapy and Everyday Life, and Therapy Over 50. He has been an educator for 40 years, having worked as a teacher, counselor, and therapist in preschool, middle school, mental health center, crisis center, nongovernmental organization, university, community college, private practice, and disaster relief settings. He has served as a Fulbright scholar and senior lecturer in Peru and Iceland, as well as worked as a visiting professor in New Zealand, Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Nepal. He is professor of counseling at California State University, Fullerton.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Your Culture Is Showing

Climate of Political Correctness

Just How Different Are We, Anyway?

Some Cultural Misunderstandings

Beauty and Grace in School Rituals

Teaching As If You Were an Anthropologist


Being and Doing Things Differently in the Classroom

Narrative Approaches to Culture and Learning

Internationalizing the Classroom

What Matters Most

For Instructors

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