Honoring Background Knowledge

"Education is all a matter of building bridges.” —Ralph Ellison One of my favorite television shows is Modern Family, and a favorite character on the show is Cam, the self-proclaimed farm boy from “Missoura” who often refers to his upbringing with tales that often include hog raising and pumpkin launching contests. These stories frequently embarrass his partner, who was raised in southern California on the outskirts of Los Angeles. Very early in my career, I had the pleasure of having a little dynamo named Ashley in my classroom. Ashley struggled with her school assignments, and she missed a lot [...]