“I cannot possibly express, even in "code-switched" words, how grateful I am for your book, and--more importantly--for your insights into how to teach the students I love that their word choices are not "WRONG"—they are simply choices meant for a different audience or a different time or place. My students are bright, caring, individuals who are extremely enthusiastic and literate--if not in a Warriner's grammar book sense.
Donna Cardwell, Instructional Facilitator for Writing, Broward County Public Schools
When I talk to teachers in various schools throughout our district, grammar is always a major concern. I know that there is no silver bullet when it comes to education and grammar, but I think code-switching is as close to a silver bullet as we can get with our linguistically diverse students.
Kindel Holloman, Assistant Principal, Ghent Elementary, Norfolk Public Schools
I am a 4th grade teacher in North Carolina. I wanted to thank you for your research and work with dialect diversity in classrooms. I have been using the contrastive approach this year and my students are responding well. They feel empowered when I tell them to translate the phrase, rather than feeling put down when I tell them something is wrong.
Amy Gregory, 4th Grade Teacher, Longview Elementary School