“This book should be on the mandatory reading list for those training to become a Teacher of the Deaf, as well as for all classroom teachers, learning support teachers, behaviour support teachers and guidance officers. It is essential reading as preparation for teachers before they start teaching in Indigenous communities.” – Teacher of Desf
Damien introduces useful concepts in understanding and addressing the needs of Aboriginal children in classrooms.
He describes the coping strategies children use in classrooms and how teachers can support them, such as:
- Children’s use of ‘social amplification’
- Culturally based communication strategies
- Valuing peer learning assets
- The benefits of a two-stage learning process, and managing classroom ‘cross talk’.