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Posts Tagged ‘teaching in the ghetto’

Our Elementary View of Education

Our Elementary View of Education

Yesterday on Yahoo I saw this article: 5 Most Regretted Jobs. I knew what was coming next. Four of the five jobs don’t require a college degree: Mechanic, Bank Teller, Delivery Driver, Cashier. Four jobs one gets from graduating from high school. [...]

The Art of Grading: 8 Tips to Bring Equity to Your Grading

The Art of Grading: 8 Tips to Bring Equity to Your Grading

Teaching is an art, I believe that fiercely. But what is it that makes us say teaching is on par with ballet, oil painting, and music? I’ll tell you, it is the breathtaking execution, the creativity, the daring, the commitment, and the skill. It [...]

The Two Most Important Needs of Students

The Two Most Important Needs of Students

As far as I can see, the high school students I work with every year have two very distinct needs. Sure, they need to learn the content, they need to be prepared for the behaviors and work ethic of the work force, they need help with the hidden [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

One From the Vault: Teaching Against Culture

As I'm ramping up to start blogging full time again, I came across this one in the Teach4Real vault. I don't know why I didn't run it in April, it probably had something to do with STAR testing and wanting to pluck out my eyes with all the number [...]

Greatest Hits: A Lesson on Urban Identity

Greatest Hits: A Lesson on Urban Identity

It is summer, and I have been blogging for a year. As I decompress from last schoolyear and prepare for the next, I am posting my most popular articles. The feedback I have received from educators and parents has been humbling, so if you are new to [...]

Latino Boys in the Red White and Blue

Latino Boys in the Red White and Blue

For the next month I am going to celebrate one year of blogging with some of my greatest hits. Here is one about Northern California gang colors that explains just how difficult it is to be a Latino kid in the good ole' red white and [...]

When You’re Happy, They’re Happy

When You’re Happy, They’re Happy

I recently had a baby boy, and during the expected lack of sleep and increased irritability on my own part, I noticed something very important. When I am in a bad mood, easily annoyed and snappy, so are the students.It’s not like I’ve been [...]

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