Tag Archives: multicultural

Using Language Portraits to Explore Students’ Identities

Naashia Mohamed
Naashia Mohamed

Lily was born and raised in New Zealand and described herself as a Kiwi with Chinese heritage whose dominant language was English. She was proud of her Chinese background but did not use Mandarin for purposes beyond everyday conversation with … Continue reading

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Supporting Muslim Students During Ramadan: 4 Suggestions for Teachers to Consider

Naashia Mohamed
Naashia Mohamed

The Islamic holy month of Ramadan will be observed in April this year. It is a period of time when Muslims strive for spiritual purification through fasting, self-sacrifice, and increased prayer. In many Muslim-majority countries, working hours and school days … Continue reading

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8 Resources to Celebrate Linguistic Diversity

Naashia Mohamed
Naashia Mohamed

International Mother Language Day is observed every year on February 21 to promote linguistic diversity and multilingualism around the world. The mother language, or the mother tongue, is typically the language a person learned from birth. Sometimes this is also … Continue reading

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Using Picture Books to Teach Multiculturalism and Challenge Bias

Naashia Mohamed
Naashia Mohamed

As classrooms become more culturally diverse, culturally sustaining pedagogy is instrumental to fostering feelings of inclusion among all students. Students should be prompted to examine their own racial, ethnic, and cultural identities and their relationships with others who share different … Continue reading

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5 Tips for Supporting New Multilingual Students and Families

Naashia Mohamed
Naashia Mohamed

Over the last fortnight, I spoke with several immigrant families with school-aged children who narrated to me their stories of migration and starting a new life in a different country. As they reflected on their experiences of starting a new … Continue reading

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6 More Ways to Cultivate Belonging in the Classroom

Naashia Mohamed
Naashia Mohamed

Following on from my last post about cultivating belonging in the classroom, I’d like to share a few more simple ways that teachers can help students feel a greater connection to the school. When a student feels accepted for who … Continue reading

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Cultivating Belonging in the Classroom: 2 Practical Activities

Naashia Mohamed
Naashia Mohamed

As someone who researches identity and belonging, I have spent many hours talking to people about how they feel about their place in school and society and how they position themselves in relation to others. One adolescent girl from Samoa … Continue reading

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3 Ways to Harness the Power of Translanguaging

Naashia Mohamed
Naashia Mohamed

When 14-year-old Zena moved from Turkey to New Zealand, she was apprehensive about going to school. Zena had learned some English in school in Turkey but was not confident that she would be able to follow the teachers or converse … Continue reading

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