Find your weird and run with it

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weird ed

Last month, I shared a guest post about one of my favorite weird lessons, over on the blog of Doug Robertson writer of “He’s The Weird Teacher,” and the usual host of the weekly #WeirdEd Twitter chat (Wednesdays at 10pm EST). Weird Ed is a chat for teachers and other education leaders to come together to chat about all things weird that they do … Read More

On Cultural Proficiency – Radio New Zealand Interview

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Punita Rice for NinetoNoon Radio New Zealand

Last week, I chatted with Kathryn Ryan, host of Radio New Zealand’s Nine to Noon (live!) about the importance of cultural proficiency in education, name pronunciation, and why teachers should understand their students’ backgrounds. The gist of our conversation was this: My saying your name correctly is a way of showing you respect… that empowers the student.  (More here). You can … Read More

The Spokesperson Phenomenon – EdWeek

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Education Week Teacher Punita Rice Spokesperson

Last week, Education Week Teacher published an essay I wrote about the spokesperson phenomenon — that thing that happens in a classroom, where a student (almost always, a student of color, though other minority and/or marginalized identities also experience this) is expected or positioned to serve as a representative for their entire culture, race, or other category of people. (I’ve … Read More

Why Pronouncing Students’ Names Correctly is Important

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Teachers - Pronounce Names Correctly in the Classroom

There are a million names from as many backgrounds, so it can feel overwhelming to expect teachers to get every single name right. But pronouncing students’ names correctly does matter. Here, I’m sharing YouTube video I recorded on why pronouncing names correctly is important, and I’m also sharing my list of practice ideals for how teachers can get names right. Read on for … Read More

Pronouncing Students’ Names Correctly Should Be a Big Deal – EdWeek

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Dr. Punita Rice for Education Week Teacher

I wrote an essay for Education Week Teacher about why pronouncing students’ names correctly is — and should be — a big deal. In the piece, I spoke about why mispronouncing students’ names is problematic (and can be a kind of microaggression), what my own experience has been with my own name, information about the ISAASE Name Pronunciation Guide, and actionable … Read More

Happy Diwali! Teachers, are you Teaching about Diwali?

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Happy Diwali!

Happy Diwali! Thursday of this week is Diwali (also spelled Divali, and sometimes called Deepavali/Deepawali). A lifetime ago, when I was a student, a teacher asked me to explain Diwali to my classmates. I don’t think I provided much more than: “Um… it’s the festival of lights? There are fireworks?” Me, as an 11 or 12 year old who knew very little … Read More

Teachers, How Are You Teaching About Charlottesville?

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Equality and Diversity in Charlottesville

Teachers, how are you teaching about Charlottesville? I’ve been thinking about this since teachers and students are heading back to school in the coming weeks. Teachers are going to need to engage with students about the recent events in Charlottesville, and the intense mood of the country. And, teachers will have to be prepared to have meaningful discussions about tolerance, … Read More

Teachers and South Asian American Students

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The Aerogram - Why Research On South Asian American Students Matters

I wrote another article for The Aerogram on some of the key findings of my research on teachers and South Asian American students. Specifically, the article provides a (brief) overview of South Asian American students’ experiences in schools. Here’s the gist: Teachers don’t know much about South Asian American students. Teachers lack cultural proficiency as related to their South Asian … Read More

ISAASE Name Pronunciation Guide

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Name Pronunciation Guide

Having your name pronounced correctly is a big deal. But, as I wrote a post over at the website for my outreach organization, ISAASE, it can be an overwhelming task for a teacher to be expected to perfectly pronounce an entire (or multiple) rosters of complicated, foreign names. If you’re interested, here’s an excerpt from the ISAASE Name Pronunciation Guide, … Read More

Tips for Teaching South Asian American Students

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Teaching South Asian Students

My outreach & advocacy organization ISAASE (here’s the post about the organization) just released a one-sheet with quick tips for how teachers can support South Asian American students. Teaching South Asian students isn’t fundamentally different from teaching any other students — but like teaching any or all other students, teachers have to be mindful about recognizing diversity of students. This … Read More