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Three Ways to Take the 'Shame' Out of Teaching

In this guest blog, educator Sara Urben explains why the teaching profession is cloaked in shame and offers three strategies to shake it off.


How to Get a Dropout Back in School—Mama Style!

When it comes to decreasing the dropout rate, some kids just need a hefty dose of "Mama."


A Teacher Married to the Classroom Gets a Divorce

What could cause a teacher who was in love with the profession quit in the prime of her career?


Why the Best Teachers Are Famous and Have Famous Friends

My famous friend, TV producer Paula Yoo, helped me revolutionize my writing instruction. Every teacher needs a friend who inspires him to keep dreaming, keep pushing, and keep evolving into a force that will one day flip the field of education right side up.


Teacher Repents for Going 'Ghetto' on a Parent

After finally lashing back at an insolent parent, I realize why its important for me, the teacher, to apologize first—and never go there again.


The Boys Book Club Experiment: The Conclusion

With the Warriors Boys Book Club now over, but I'll be analyzing the results from this experiment for at least the next four years.


The Boys Book Club Experiment: Day 26

A great lesson in my boys club goes terrible wrong. This is what I learned and what I hope the boys learned, too.


What Did 'Brown v. The Board of Education' Ever Do for Me?

If Brown was supposed to desegregate schools, why didn't I ever get to see the benefit? Two words: white flight.


The Boys Book Club Experiment: Day 11

After just two weeks, Nine out of the ten students in my Warriors Boys Book Club are achieving new-found success. Rewards, footage of Kevin Durant, and a book about middle school students torturing their teacher are yielding strong results.


It's Hard to Pray for Public Education ... But I Do It Anyway

The National Day of Prayer falls on every first Thursday in May, and tomorrow I will lead the prayer for education at a prayer breakfast in downtown Chicago. While I'm honored to have been asked, this role comes with great responsibility.


The opinions expressed in Charting My Own Course are strictly those of the author(s) and do not reflect the opinions or endorsement of Editorial Projects in Education, or any of its publications.

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