Teaching South Asian Students

Tips for Teaching South Asian American Students

In Teaching by Punita Rice

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 tends not to happen as much with South Asian American students. (Here’s some data on that.)

This document focuses on the importance of recognizing diversity, developing cultural competence, supporting all students, pronouncing names correctly, acknowledging students’ differences by celebrating those differences, and establishing an appropriate classroom climate.

You can click here to download a PDF of the document (or click here to see all resources) — and if you are a teacher, please consider sharing this with other educators you know.

P.S. – Here’s a post about the “Fast Facts” sheet, here’s a link to a post about the ISAASE “Name Pronunciation Guide,” and here’s one about our “Be Inspired” project. Also, if you’re interested in getting involved with the work of ISAASE, you can contact me directly, or contact ISAASE (here’s the ISAASE contact link). (Same thing for if you know someone else who might be interested in getting involved with ISAASE.)

About the Author
Punita Rice

Punita Rice

Punita Rice is a mother, educator, writer, and founder of ISAASE. She is the author of Toddler Weaning: Deciding to Gradually Wean your Toddler & Making it Happen, and the forthcoming South Asian American Experiences in Schools: Brown Voices from the Classroom, and blogs about motherhood at Happy Mom Guide. Her work centers around multicultural education and equity, and South Asian American experiences in school. You can read more about Punita and her work here.