Thursday September 18th 2014

Free Trifecta Unit: Romeo and Juliet, To Kill a Mockingbird, and Fahrenheit 451


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Curriculum Upload: Teaching Fahrenheit 451 in the Urban Classroom

Curriculum Upload: Teaching Fahrenheit 451 in the Urban Classroom

One of my favorite books to teach is Fahrenheit 451 by the late Ray Bradbury. Not only has it withstood the test of time, I feel that with each new evolution in social media, and with each new advancement in how we consume media using technology, [...]

New Year’s Resolution: Start Beef With PhDs

One of the cool things about being a teacher who has been around for awhile is just before Winter Break, all your former students who are now in college stop by and pay you a visit. It is always amazing how grown up they seem and they strut in with [...]

A Teacher’s Thoughts on Connecticut

A Teacher’s Thoughts on Connecticut

I’ve given myself some time to sit and let it all sink in. This is hard to do when every channel, every person, every waking moment seems to be inundated with close-up coverage of the Connecticut tragedy. They want every angle, they want every [...]

Powerball Parent Outreach

Powerball Parent Outreach

Everyone involved in education, myself included, constantly harps on the importance of reaching out to parents, and how education is in their hands more so than even our schools. We talk and talk about needing better parent outreach, we imagine a [...]

A Non-Finnomenon: A Real Teacher’s Review of The Finland Phenomenon

A Non-Finnomenon: A Real Teacher’s Review of The Finland Phenomenon

I finally got around to watching The Finland Phenomenon, the documentary by Tony Wagner, an Innovation Education Fellow at Harvard University, about the cold Scandinavian country that has blown away worldwide education with a snowstorm of success. [...]

The Real Reason More Teachers Are Needed

Both Barack Obama and Mitt Romney say they are advocates for hiring more teachers. While anyone paying close attention knows that not only does Romney’s plan call for cutting teachers drastically, he also believes smaller class sizes don’t [...]

It’s Not All About the Subject You Teach

It’s Not All About the Subject You Teach

Over the last couple of years I’ve heard a discussion at my school about teaching Math on a block day. Here at my High Poverty school, we have a modified 6 period day. On Monday, Tuesday, and Friday, the kids go to all 6 classes. On Wednesday they [...]

My First Letter for a Dreamer

My First Letter for a Dreamer

Last week a student walked into my room whom I hadn’t seen in two years. He came in with a big smile, gave me a real handshake, and asked about my wife and kid. He looked good, healthy, he had a coffee in his hand. He was confident.Then his [...]

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 [...]

The Conditioning of Urban Teenagers

The Conditioning of Urban Teenagers

Here is a great article from Rockman, a social worker/blogger who works in an inner-city high school in Brooklyn. Even though we're on opposite coasts, we all face the same problems, and so do our youth. If you get a chance, check out his blog at: [...]

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