Understanding and Incorporating Families’ Funds of Knowledge in the Classroom

“There are many ways for educators to identify their students’ funds of knowledge. Many teachers apply strategies that can be done in class that involve having the students write essays about their backgrounds, do presentations about their interests, or create projects that represent their family heritage. Those types of assignments are very meaningful and help teachers learn a lot about their students. That said, much more can be learned about students by engaging with them and their families outside of the classroom. By visiting with families during home or community visits, teachers can gain a much wider understanding of their students’ funds of knowledge.” (k12.wa.us)

Washington’s Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction offers some historical perspective on the uses of Funds of Knowledge in education, and provides a Funds of Knowledge Inventory Matrix and other tools for teachers to use.

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