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Poor Kids Are the Only Ones Being Graded in This Country: Don’t Rich Kids Deserve Fs Too?

Poor Kids Are the Only Ones Being Graded in This Country: Don’t Rich Kids Deserve Fs Too?

Imagine you are the dean of a private Catholic high school where the parents pay $30,000 a year per student. Your stated college-going rate is 98%, which means for their money, those parents seem to have a guarantee little Jimmy goes to college. As [...]

My Greatest Lesson On Teaching Argument, Opinion, and the Power of Writing

My Greatest Lesson On Teaching Argument, Opinion, and the Power of Writing

 In a few interviews this week I’ve referred to what has transpired over the last month as “my greatest lesson.” I know there are hundreds of thousands of people out there who would like me to admit I learned my lesson, but that is not what I [...]

All Teachers Are Assumed To Be Bad, But What If Everything You Do Works?

All Teachers Are Assumed To Be Bad, But What If Everything You Do Works?

The most annoying aspect of teaching, to me, is the continual assumption, by almost everyone I come into contact with in and out of the world of education, that I’m not doing my job. It is a weird place to be. It is like I walk around with this [...]

Why the State of Arizona Knows Nothing About Educating Students Who Are Not White #Jesuischarlie #blacklivesmatter

Why the State of Arizona Knows Nothing About Educating Students Who Are Not White #Jesuischarlie #blacklivesmatter

It seems to me that life is one long continuous opening of our eyes to the various perspectives human beings have to offer. You are born and you see the inside of your house and the face of your mother. You grow up and see your city. If you’ve [...]

Why Tamir Rice Couldn’t Have Afforded College Had He Not Been Murdered By The Police First

 One of the worst things I’ve seen in a long time has to be the videos of Tamir Rice and Eric Garner being murdered. As an educator I can’t help but see dozens of current and former students in the eyes of this picture of Tamir. His [...]

#TeacherHack : How You Need To See Your Students Without Getting All Mad About Who They Are

#TeacherHack : How You Need To See Your Students Without Getting All Mad About Who They Are

At the beginning of every school year, I immediately teach a lesson on using the word “seen.” Specifically, I inform students that the word “seen” should never immediately come after the word “I.” “‘I seen’ does not exist in the [...]

5 Tips For Getting Through the Month of October

5 Tips For Getting Through the Month of October

Beginning the year is the most stressful time of a teacher’s life. You have a bunch of kids you don’t know, and you have to calm them down, keep them from sexually harassing each other, and actually teach them something. September is a whirlwind [...]

Cartoon: Dealing With Student Phones

Cartoon: Dealing With Student Phones

This cartoon is actually a strategy I stole from a colleague of mine who is an unbelievable urban educator. He plants phones on students in the first few days of class, pretends to hear it vibrate, and smashes it on the floor in front of the entire [...]

I’d Rather Teach Refugee Kids Than Americans Who Hate Refugee Kids

I’d Rather Teach Refugee Kids Than Americans Who Hate Refugee Kids

It deeply saddens me that there are people in this country who hate seven-year olds. It is befuddling. It is offensive. It is crazy. And even if you do hate seven-year olds, what is even more amazing is to hate a seven-year old so much that you make [...]

Incorporating Thug Notes into the Urban Classroom

Incorporating Thug Notes into the Urban Classroom

At the end of the year students ostensibly tell me one lesson has stuck with them more than others. It is an activity I do every year to start the year, and here at the end of the year I am always surprised how deeply urban kids take that lesson to [...]

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