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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 [...]

Where is the Mexican Atticus Finch?

Issues with Latino LiteratureSometimes I worry about what I am teaching my students when we read Latino Literature. Here’s my biggest gripe: In order for these novels to properly reflect the lives of our students of color, why do the male [...]

Should Students Get to Evaluate Teachers? I Think So.

The debate about evaluating teachers is heating up. It isn’t heating up in any kind of real discussion by those who want to become president—they’d rather focus on whether or not to build an oil pipeline through one of our largest water [...]

An Interview with Editor-In-Chief of Red Ochre Lit, Mimi Ferebee, on Matt’s New Novel “The Darkness Inside Me is Sparkling”

An Interview with Editor-In-Chief of Red Ochre Lit, Mimi Ferebee, on Matt’s New Novel “The Darkness Inside Me is Sparkling”

***Interview with The Darkness Inside Me is Sparkling author Mateo Amaral***from the December Issue of Red Ochre Lit: A JournalMimi Ferebee: Mateo I am thrilled to have you as our interviewee this month. It’s been a pleasure getting to [...]

Making Education Look Good

When you ask a classroom full of high school students who wants to be a teacher, they start laughing so hard it’s almost impossible to bring the class back to order. “A teacher?” They cry. “Why would anyone want to be a teacher?”And [...]

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 [...]

Teaching SLAM Poetry Using Occupy Anger

Teaching SLAM Poetry Using Occupy Anger

I am in the middle of a Slam Poetry Unit, and I cannot think of a better way to teach it than by using the Occupy movement to teach social justice. Let’s be honest, Saul Williams, Mos Def, Russel Simmons, and the other founders of Slam Poetry and [...]

Khan Academy: What’s the Big Deal?

On Friday, Jeb Bush held a National Summit on Education Reform here in the Bay Area at San Francisco’s Palace Hotel. Fittingly, not a single teacher was in attendance—although quite a few were outside picketing the event with members of the [...]

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 [...]

The Lost Art of the Handshake

The Lost Art of the Handshake

For many years now I have been conducting a social experiment in the doorway of my classroom. The subjects of my experiment have been all shapes, sizes, and colors. Some limp, others drool, many of them have trouble writing down the correct day of [...]

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