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Posts Tagged ‘teaching with an edge’

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 [...]

The Importance of Urban Role Models

The Importance of Urban Role Models

On Monday, I usually show up to the high school where I teach dressed like I’m about to go to a wedding. Black dress-pants, creased up nicely; a pleasant-colored shirt with matching tie of a slightly different shade; snake-skin leather shoes. I [...]

Notes From the First Two Days

Notes From the First Two Days

I’m teaching all 9th graders. Before balancing, my classes are at 42 students. Classes won’t be balanced for two weeks. Let me say that again, I have 42 9th graders in a small classroom. It’s cool though, they wrote poetry today-EVERY SINGLE [...]

Movie Night in My Community

Movie Night in My Community

A counselor at my school is very deliberate about interacting in the community when he isn’t at work. For example, every December, he takes his wife and two kids to the mall in the city where we work to do their Christmas shopping. He could just [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]

An Open Letter to Teachers Seeking Balance

An Open Letter to Teachers Seeking Balance

Guest Author Dr. Jeff Duncan-AndradeWhen I talk with educators about the intense effort that will be required from them to be successful in our communities, it is nearly always the case that some of them will ask me: How can I do all of this and [...]

Having a Little Ghetto in You

Having a Little Ghetto in You

Honing the Proper Persona for Public School New teachers often express the same sentiments over and over when they take their first public school teaching job:I can’t believe these kids! They don’t care about anything!They are amazed at [...]