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I Told My Students Last Week There Would Be a Mass Shooting This Week–And I Was Right Because-Of Course

I Told My Students Last Week There Would Be a Mass Shooting This Week–And I Was Right Because-Of Course

One thing you might not know about teachers is that deep down, we fear for our lives.I know teachers across my state keep their classroom locked for no other reason than someone with an assault rifle could come through the door at any moment. [...]

Dear Steph Curry, Now That You Are MVP Please Don’t Come Visit My High School

Dear Steph Curry, Now That You Are MVP Please Don’t Come Visit My High School

Dear Steph,I am a Dubs fan. Always have been, always will be. I pass by Oracle Arena every day to and from work. Traffic is so bad on 880 I often get to admire, at length, the giant hanging posters adorned with your face and the gaudy playoff [...]

The Beauty of Service Learning: What Are You Doing?

The Beauty of Service Learning: What Are You Doing?

One of the new buzz terms, especially in the emerging world of charter schools, is the idea of Service Learning Projects. SLPs are generally projects undertaken by students where they identify a need in the community and address it through community [...]

Analyzing Ignorance: Confronting Students With the Meaning Behind Music and Writing

Analyzing Ignorance: Confronting Students With the Meaning Behind Music and Writing

One thing about urban education is we are always struck by what the students don’t know. Some teachers take it immediately to heart and quickly dismiss the students themselves—write them off in the first few weeks as lost cases and spend their [...]

America’s Real Immigrant Problem

America’s Real Immigrant Problem

I was recently talking to a teacher from another district who has more undocumented students than my district. His high school has a larger Latino immigrant population, and therefore his students face obstacles in their everyday lives most people [...]

Crowd-Surfing on Field Trips

Part of any good college-going program at the high school level is the field trips. Time and again, the kids that actually make it to college point out the field trips as being an important motivator by allowing them to see first-hand what college [...]

Parent Outreach? Not in an Educational Landscape of Opposites

Oprah’s Teacher of the Year, Ron Clark, has an article on CNN.com today about the drawbacks of parental involvement. He gives examples of teachers and even principals who are leaving education because they are so annoyed at having to deal with [...]

One From the Vault: Teaching Against Culture

As I'm ramping up to start blogging full time again, I came across this one in the Teach4Real vault. I don't know why I didn't run it in April, it probably had something to do with STAR testing and wanting to pluck out my eyes with all the number [...]

Latino Boys in the Red White and Blue

Latino Boys in the Red White and Blue

For the next month I am going to celebrate one year of blogging with some of my greatest hits. Here is one about Northern California gang colors that explains just how difficult it is to be a Latino kid in the good ole' red white and [...]

A Lesson on Urban Identity

A Lesson on Urban Identity

I taught a seminar for seniors this week while their regular teacher was out having babies. It was a class full of low-income urban students trying to get into college. I decided to do three days on Identity, and get them thinking about who they are [...]

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