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Integrating Student Vernacular in the Classroom



Clerisy Architect: Kim Peterz-Dent

Length of Workshop: 60 minutes

Danielson Framework: 1 (Planning and Preparation), 3 (Instruction), 4 (Professional Responsibilities)

Workshop Description:

Language is constantly changing. As educators, sometimes, we feel a bit behind the times. However, we can use this evolution of language to authentically communicate with our students and give them space to authentically communicate with each other in the learning environment. Join us in learning how to utilize internet and urban slang, and code-switching in the classroom that promotes positive language choices, respect, and authenticity, while facilitating students’ deep understanding of the content.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to identify how/when to appropriately integrate current language in curriculum.
  • Participants will be able to understand the impact of using cultural slang in their role as an authoritarian in a school setting.
  • Participants will reflect on their responsibility in modeling code switching to students in various settings.

Publications Highlighted: Delpit, L. (2006). Other people’s children: Cultural conflict in the classroom. The New Press.; Emdin, C. (2016) For White folks who teach in the hood, and the rest of y’all too: Reality pedagogy and urban education. Beacon Press.; Smart Social, Teen Slang, Emojis, & Hashtags Parents Need to Know (The Ultimate List); Unbabel, How Internet Slang Is Changing Language; Just Teacher Stuff, Warrior News ACT Aspire Testing; Cult of Pedagogy, Big list of Class Discussion Strategies; Wabisabi Learning, 7 Interesting Ways to begin Improving Classroom Discussions; Chris Emdin, NYC Writing Project Teacher to Teacher Conference at Lehman College “What is a Cipher” ; ASCD, The Power of Protocols for Equity; Jamila Lyiscott, Three Ways to Speak English