Biography-Driven Culturally Responsive Teaching
Biography Driven Instruction (BDI) is a communicative/cognitive method for providing culturally responsive pedagogy that guides teachers to maximize each learner’s potential for language acquisition and content learning by drawing upon students’ sociocultural, linguistic, cognitive, and academic resources.
- Reflects standards of effective pedagogy and learning
- Promotes engagement, motivation, and learning
- Provides research-based strategies
Video Resources: BDI Strategies in Action
→ Linking Language – Laura Nunnink, 1st Grade
→ Vocabulary Quilt – Stephanie Wilhite, 2nd Grade
→ Foldables – Socorro Herrera, 6th Grade
→ Extension Wheel – Megan Valenti, 7th Grade
→ UCME – (Uncover, Concentrate, Monitor, Evaluate) – Kendra Metz, 6th Grade
→ DOTS – (Determine, Observe, Talk, Summarize) – Joanna Euston, 5th Grade
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Completely revised and updated, this bestselling resource speaks to the social-emotional needs of learners and helps teachers accelerate literacy, language development, and academic growth for students in grades K-8, particularly for English language learners. The authors present best practices, aligned with reading and content standards, and tools for developing academic talk and instructional conversations in the classroom. Special emphasis is placed on using student culture and language as a means for promoting meaningful relationships among communities of learners. The text includes tips for using the strategies to gather knowledge of the student’s background and to promote social-emotional learning.