Saturday October 25th 2014

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


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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: [...]

Education is Personal, Not Corporate

With the school year rapidly approaching, we've decided to highlight some other voices around the educational world. Here are some great thoughts from teacher extraordinaire Kimberely Gilles.Education is Personal, Not CorporateOkay, here’s [...]

We Just Don’t Get It: Education is ALL About the Teachers

We Just Don’t Get It: Education is ALL About the Teachers

As I often peruse articles on education, I am forever baffled by the lack of any meaningful ideas about the direction of education. The only plans that seem to be out there have to do with curtailing collective bargaining rights, evaluating [...]

STAR Testing: The Farce Begins Anew

STAR Testing: The Farce Begins Anew

Today teachers in my school district get to stand in front of our students and say the following: “Hey kids, you are about to take a test that is almost meaningless. It doesn’t count for anything, but we want you to do your best [...]

An Overdue Letter to Parents

Dear Parents,We’ve had this conversation before, so this time I wanted to write it down with the hope that next time you have the same question, I can simply refer you to this letter. It is an important letter because it seems to carry in it [...]

Grade Inflation: Another Way Our Low-Income Kids Get Left Behind

Grade Inflation: Another Way Our Low-Income Kids Get Left Behind

Every year in my sheltered, intervention English class, we read Left Behind (Also known as Two Old Women evidently), a short novel by Velma Wallis about a Native American tribe in Alaska. In the story, which has been passed down by Athabascans for [...]

Are We Value-Adding Non-Students?

With teacher evaluations being posted for the public to see, maybe we need to see some other things posted too. Below is a pretty common transcript of a Sophomore at my high school—this is not an actual student’s transcript, but looking at a [...]

Should English Teachers Get Paid More?

Should English Teachers Get Paid More?

Okay, so I’m biased right off the bat. Let's get that out of the way.Everyone knows we need to increase teacher pay. Everyone knows it, yet no one seems to be doing anything about it. There are Teacher Evaluation Programs being designed and [...]

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