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Posts Tagged ‘high school’

Back-Pocket Poetry

Back-Pocket Poetry

Looking back on the year so far, I’ve decided to write about some of the best lessons I’ve done in the hopes it will give you ideas you can use in your own classrooms. I’ve made a category for it called “Lesson Plans.” My plan is to fill [...]

Teaching: The Profession I Will Eventually Leave

Teaching: The Profession I Will Eventually Leave

“Teaching is not a profession. It is a never-ending entry-level vocation, divorced from foundational understandings of training, accountability, and advancement. If we are to enact meaningful reform, we must rescue teaching from its status as [...]

I Teach For America Too

I Teach For America Too

Photography by Jeremy SchulzTeach for America: Nothing but a Resume Builder?I recently read an article about Teach for America, a program that recruits the best and brightest our nation has to offer from schools like Harvard, and put them in [...]

Latino Boys in the Red White and Blue

Latino Boys in the Red White and Blue

Here’s a fun fact many people don’t realize: In California, if you are a Latino male anywhere from age 12 – 35, you can’t wear a shirt that is red. Actually, you can’t really wear a blue shirt either. To tell you the exact truth, wearing a [...]

A Student Pulls Out a Knife: What Do You Do?

A Student Pulls Out a Knife: What Do You Do?

Photography by Jeremy SchulzSomething happened to a good friend of mine during the last week of school. He is an amazing teacher working in the ghetto, and this story is sadly one that isn’t too uncommon. We’ll call my friend Mr. [...]

What To Do With Former Students’ Friend Requests

What To Do With Former Students’ Friend Requests

With my first batch of seniors safely across the stage, I am now faced with the toughest call of my teaching career thus far:Do I friend former students?????In the last couple weeks, friend requests have been flooding into my facebook [...]

Accepting the Fact That Nothing Will Ever Change

Accepting the Fact That Nothing Will Ever Change

On the last day of school I was talking to a colleague of mine. I was telling her how even now, at the end of the year, I’m really looking forward to next year. She was delighted. She thought we should all be looking at every year in that light. [...]

Giving Homework in Good Conscience

Giving Homework in Good Conscience

Two years ago I taught a “Strategic” 10th grade English class. “Strategic” is the No Child Left Behind term for students far below basic. Before that it was called “Sheltered.” A hundred different schools have a hundred different names [...]

Music—Probably the Worst Thing Out There

Music—Probably the Worst Thing Out There

I was in Argentina for three weeks this year. My wife and I were checking into a hotel, and the young man helping us behind the counter was in his early twenties. There was a radio on behind him, and when a new song began to play, he smiled and [...]

The Myth of the After School Conversation

The Myth of the After School Conversation

Six Tips on How to Have the Talk I love it. I love it love it love it when I hear people give their two cents about how we should handle our worst students in our worst public schools.Whether it is idle chat I overhear at Starbucks, or on a [...]

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