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Posts Tagged ‘teaching in public schools’

Getting GHETTO Kids to Write Essays

Getting GHETTO Kids to Write Essays

LESSON PLAN: Writing Body ParagraphsAs I’ve said before in my blog, I teach a class of 9th graders who are reading at about a 5th and 6th grade level. A high percentage of them are Special-Ed students, and most of them are GHETTO in [...]

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 [...]

What Happens Two Months Into the School Year

I am scathingly certain the following circumstances I am about to describe are unique solely to low-income public schools. If I am wrong, forgive me, because I cannot imagine any other institution supposedly dedicated to education executing such [...]

The Insanity of Balancing

The Insanity of Balancing

It is not lost on me that the first two most beautiful, sparklingly sunny days of summer actually didn’t come until August 23rd and 24th of this year. It’s not lost on me because I like to spot irony. Those were the first two days of school at [...]

Preparing for the Haters

Preparing for the Haters

High School starts in my district next week. I’m preparing myself in a variety of ways. I’m reading up on a lot of education theory and studies (Keeping Track by Jeannie Oakes is one I’m halfway through), I’m looking over unit plans here on [...]

My Boy Arthur, Who Can’t Pass Algebra

My Boy Arthur, Who Can’t Pass Algebra

I had this kid in my 10th grade “Strategic” class, we’ll call him Arthur. Strategic is what we call sheltered at my school, at your school it’s probably just as strategically named to try to unsuccessfully hide from the students the fact [...]

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. [...]

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. [...]

Balancing the Life and What To Do Over Summer

Balancing the Life and What To Do Over Summer

A lot of teachers talk to me about their personal lives, or should I say, lack thereof. They complain about the rigors of the job, and wonder how one can possibly go about being a regular, sane person during the year. In fact, some even wonder how [...]

Remembering Why We Do It

Remembering Why We Do It

Photography by Jeremy SchulzI’ve said it before. In public education, there are more sad stories than happy endings. Even so, after graduation this year I have to admit that the happy endings might outweigh all that bad stuff. Well, not [...]

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