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July 28, 2015

Farewell to the 'Charting My Own Course' Teacher Blog

After four years of highs and lows, Marilyn Rhames is ending her award-winning Education Week Teacher blog.

July 16, 2015

Am I a Racist Teacher for Not Being 'Color-Blind'?

After a small but loud group of white teachers pushback against my Ed Week op-ed about race in education, I felt compelled to follow-up with another post that doubles down while also apologizes (but only just a little).

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.

March 26, 2015

The Good, the Bad, and the Urgent: An Honest Confession From a Teacher-Mom

I never fully internalized the power of the phrase a "sense of urgency" in education until I needed other people to have it for my 8-year-old daughter and it seemed really hard to find.

February 04, 2015

Beyond Profiling: Deepening Classroom Discussions About Race

Guest blogger and Bronx teacher Mark Anderson taught an in-depth unit on racial segregation and had to grapple with surprising feedback from his students of color.

November 04, 2014

Panic, Shame, and Cuffs: An Account From an Arrested Black Teacher

When a simple traffic violation lands an upstanding teacher on her way to a prayer meeting in handcuffs, maybe there's a problem with the way we do policing in low-income Black communities.

August 04, 2014

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.

July 11, 2014

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.

June 04, 2014

The Boys Book Club Experiment: Day 26

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

May 07, 2014

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.

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