Tips for Teaching South Asian American Students

by Dr. Punita Rice Teaching

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 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 — 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

Dr. Punita Rice

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Dr. Punita Rice is a wife and mama, an education researcher, a writer, the founder and director of ISAASE, and an advisor with Johns Hopkins University School of Education's Doctor of Education program. 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. Punita also writes about life, culture, education, and motherhood here on her blog. She works from home in Maryland, and drinks a great deal of coffee.