Posts by Bethanie Tucker:

Podcast: Research-Based Strategies – The achievement gap can be closed

May 25, 2018 Published by

Today’s podcast is about the book titled Research-Based Strategies. This book follows and supports the work of Dr. Ruby Payne and her seminal work, A Framework for Understanding Poverty. Some of you are probably familiar with Dr. Payne’s first edition of Research-Based Strategies, the original edition of what we will…

Many bridges to cross: Pride, prejudice, and getting caught

May 9, 2018 Published by

Learning the hidden rules of one’s own and others’ environments can be a challenge, especially when the rules are unclear. When relatives from New York visited our tobacco-farming family, the hidden rules of economic class, experiences, and region of the country were almost more than I could deal with, primarily…

Many bridges to cross: Freedom in choices

April 11, 2018 Published by

I learned one of life’s most valuable lessons many years ago on a hot afternoon in June, while hoeing tobacco—a lesson that had nothing to do with farming. The summer before I was to start school, we moved from Lula Street to a vacant house on Uncle Stoney’s farm. Suddenly…

Podcast: Move, decode, read! Tucker Signing Strategies for Reading

February 23, 2018 Published by

We have two goals for today. First of all, we will talk about a strategy for teaching decoding that is fast and fun. And we’ll talk about why it works, how it works, etc. Our second goal will be to cover just a few of the signs that are part…

Many bridges to cross: A bright spot in the dark

February 7, 2018 Published by

Entertainment is important for people of all economic classes, but it can serve the critical role of dealing with the depression that sometimes accompanies living in harsh environments. The possession of certain types of entertainment also provides a psychological status, as well. The following episode from my childhood illustrates this…

Many bridges to cross: Small treasures

January 8, 2018 Published by

Surviving with limited resources can lead to keeping secrets, as the following episode from my childhood illustrates. At age five I stood peeking over the side of the washtub watching Momma rub Daddy’s shirt up and down on a washboard. After scrubbing for several minutes she put the shirt in…

Many bridges to cross: ‘Safe’ harbor

November 8, 2017 Published by

Daddy’s brothers—my uncles—visited frequently when I was a child. They would show up unexpectedly and “stay” with us for a few days, weeks, or months, then disappear, usually during the middle of the night. I enjoyed their visits, but things seemed to change each time one left and the other…

First-generation college students face more barriers than money

October 16, 2017 Published by

The Washington Post article “First-Generation College Students Are Not Succeeding in College, and Money Isn’t the Problem” highlights some of the reasons first-generation students struggle, in spite of their many strengths and extraordinary determination. One such hurdle is the mismatch between under-resourced college students’ skills and experiences and those required…

Many bridges to cross: Burned butter

October 9, 2017 Published by

Mediation entails explaining to a child not only what to do but also why and how to complete a task. Parents who are overwhelmed with life’s demands sometimes forget or are not aware of the benefits of mediating their children. This episode from my life illustrates what can happen when…

Many bridges to cross: Gone fishing

September 11, 2017 Published by

There are many causes of poverty, one of which is poor mental health. My dad, for example, earned Purple Hearts for injuries he sustained when he participated in the initial wave of the WWII D-Day invasion of Omaha Beach and subsequent battles, but his emotional wounds were more serious than…