The Things We Leave Behind
Mentoring is about more than the needs of new teachers
"I watched as my school began replacing "baby boom" retirees with young staff,
many of whom remained outsiders for uncomfortable stretches of time. I could
see that if new teachers did not put down roots in our system, much of what
we'd all worked for would be lost."
Creating a Culture of High Expectations
"We are misguided if we think we should handle our urban students with kid gloves or pile on the sympathy. The best thing we can do is to hold them accountable."
High School Literacy
"More and more, I couldn't count on my 9th and 10th grade students to finish a short story for homework. Even those who insisted that they had 'done the reading' often could not explain what they had read. Was it my job to teach this, too?"
"The native speakers in my class had one question after another
for the bilingual students, acknowledging their differences for
the first time. But how many opportunities do we get to ask honest
questions of those who aren't just like us, or to answer in ways
that are our own?"
Relationships in the Classroom
Children come to school with social, emotional, intellectual, and physical needs that are inseparable from one another. As their teacher, I must respond to them in their entirety.
Teaching in an Era of School Violence
Within hours the open, welcoming atmosphere of this small suburban school had become closed and suspicious. But we quickly "got used to" the new restrictions, and after a week it was like nothing had happened.
Becoming a Teacher
Student of Teaching
A Year of Firsts
Continuing to Become a Teacher
Teaching City Living with Simulated Software
One of the most important lessons children can learn is that though their roots are in one place, as citizens they belong to a larger community...
Action Research: Classroom Study
A middle school teacher tries her hand at action research, a tool thats helps teachers develop and investigate the questions that matter most to them.