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June 11, 2015

Teaching With High Ropes and Wedgies: Lessons From a 7th Grade Camping Trip

A painful episode on a campground's high ropes course turns out be a surprising teachable moment for blogger Marilyn Anderson Rhames and her students.

October 21, 2014

Pardon My Ignorance But ... Is High School Really This Crazy?

After 12 years in K-8 education, I'm finally getting a glimpse of the world of high school—and it's a totally different, sometimes bizarre, world.

April 02, 2014

The Book Club Experiment: Engaging Boys of Color in Reading

Can offering more boy-orientated, relevant texts and freeing up the space for more dialogue and self-expression turn ten boys who are indifferent to school into well-behaved students who do their homework and enjoy reading? That's the experiment.

April 24, 2013

Am I Good Enough? The Burden of Privilege and Poverty

School reform is rooted in the belief that when it comes to children, privilege or poverty should not determine the quality of their education. Oh, but it does.

December 29, 2012

Diary of a Mad Black Teacher: Part 2: Sandy Hook

The murders of 62 mostly minority children in Chicago this year were just as tragic and newsworthy as the 20 children killed in Sandy Hook. Had you heard about the former statistic?

September 26, 2012

I Am Not a Cannibal, But I Teach "Yo Mama" Jokes on Occasion

Every now and then, I have students who are uncomfortable around me, like they are scared. During a teacher-student conference I have to ask them to pull their chair up to my desk a little closer. "I don't bite," I tell them. "I'm not a cannibal, though I've been accused of being one." Wait, wai...

August 22, 2012

Thank You, Ms. White, For Writing Me Off

Most lovers of children's literature know the tear-jerking, classic teacher-student memoir by Patricia Polacco entitled Thank You, Mr. Falker. It's tells of Polacco's battle with low self-esteem because at age nine she still could not read, and the persistent teacher who diagnosed her dyslexia. Th...

May 30, 2012

For At-Risk Students, School Mother Knows Best

I'm a "school mom" to two unrelated African American boys at my school. It's a term of endearment, and the card I use when I really want them to listen and do what I say. I code switch and speak to them in a tone and vernacular that they are accustomed to hearing at home. Sometimes, I just give them...

April 25, 2012

Amber Alert: Teenage Boy Mentally Kidnapped By Gangs

Twenty years ago, the guidance counselor at my school was in middle school. His house stood on a corner lot in a gang ridden, Hispanic neighborhood on the South Side of Chicago. He told me he would be doing his homework in his bedroom and hear shooting outside. Instead of getting down low, he would ...

March 07, 2012

Diary Of A Mad Black Teacher

Somebody just tried to kill my little sister! Like most of us, she works hard to put food on the table. She has a son and daughter, both still in diapers. She has a mortgage, student loans, and a greedy little dog named Sir. Everyday she pounds the pavement in and around Chicago, trying to make a li...

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