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Adults Reading

1. Do You Know Enough About Me to Teach Me? – Stephen G. Peters

2. Entertaining an Elephant – William McBride

3. Hope in the Unseen – Ron Suskind

4. From Rage to Hope – Crystal Kuykendall

5. Yardsticks – Chip Wood

6. Keeping Black Boys out of Special Education – Jawanzaa Kunjufu

7. The Big Picture – Dennis Littky

8. Learning While Black – Creating Educational Excellence for African American Children – Janice E. Hale

9. Pedagogy of the Oppressed – Paulo Freire

10. Motivating Black Males to Achieve in School & Life – Baruti Kafele

11. Pre-Referral Intervention Manual – Stephen B. McCarney

12. Beats, Rhymes, and Classroom Life: Hip-Hop Pedagogy and the Politics of  Identity – by Marc Lamont Hill

13. Teaching Black Girls: Resiliency in Urban Classrooms – Teaching Black Girls: Resiliency in Urban Classrooms – Dr. Venus E. Evans-Winters

14. City Kids City Schools – More Reports from Front Row – Edited by: William Ayers, Gloria Ladson- Billings, Gregory Michie, Pedro Noguera

15. I Choose to Stay – A Black Teacher Refuses to Desert the Inner City – Salome Thomas – El

16. Walking in Circles – Barbara Sizemore

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SAVE THE MUSIC!!!

 

When I was growing up, every child had the oppportunity to take music in Elementary, Middle and High School. In the third grade, my music teacher thought that I would make a good drummer, I wanted to hang around my friends and play the violin!Had I known what I know now – Sheila E! – I would have stayed in the Percussions Class.

 

Fast Forward————————————>Now my students don’t have the opportunity to take any music classes during school. Sure, the magnet schools still have their music program but that is a different blog entry. The elementary school that feeds into our middle school taught violin—-just violin, no trombone, saxophone, percussions, tuba, clarinet—-just violin, and the music teacher was teaching music at three different elementary schools. The elementary school no longer has a violin music class. So now kids get to beat on desks with pencils! I know an educator who allows his class to become the “pencil percussion band”  for the last five or ten minutes of class just to let the students blow off a little steam! Also it has stopped the students  from beating on desk during class!

There are definitely children in my school that would benefit from taking  music classes. Recently, I watched an episode of “Making His Band”, where musicians from all across the world were auditioning to be in a band for Puff Daddy, P-Diddy, Sean Combs!  His name is not important! What IS important is the number of musicians who made the first cut because they played by ear quite well but couldn’t make the second cut because they NEVER had any music classes. Again, students from poor neighborhoods are being left behind because even though they might possess the raw talent, without the music classes to teach them proper techniques, that is all that they will and ever have…….RAW TALENT!

Collage 003Collage 001Students created Collage Folders from magazine pictures and articles. Students can choose as many pictures as they want but they have to find 25-50 words and/or phrases that describes who they are.

 

 

Collage 002The laminated  folders look great during Parent Teacher Conferences—->Writing Workshop Folders.

My All Girls class decided they wanted to make Purses – Bookbags out of the Collages…Now that was interesting….but they turned out great!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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1)Engaging the Learner

2)Organized Chaos

This teacher uses somes techniques and teaching strategies that I use in my classroom.  Students love learning in new and exciting ways. The only thing I would worry about is what the kids are ACTUALLY saying to one another. I would definitely have to walk around the classroom to make sure the kids are not saying “Blah..Blah…Blah…Charlie Brown talk!” to one another!

What do you think about the techniques and strategies used during this lesson?

As we start a new school year I want to introduce you to a student that most inner city teachers have experienced. A student who works for a D in your class. Personally, I don’t allow those types of students to thrive in my classroom. My students know that anything below a B is good enough! And towards the end of the school year, you can over hear students telling other students that a C isn’t good enough and they could have done better.

In my classroom, students are allowed to do F work over. My goal is that the student learn the objective more than receive a higher grade. Students can receive peer tutoring and/or afterschool tutoring to improve their grades in my classroom. By working with the students one on one or in small group settings, I can pinpoint where the student started experiencing problems in my classroom. Sometimes this means that the student has to learn some objectives from the previous grade during the afterschool sessions so that they will feel confident in my class. Sometimes it means assigning the student a peer tutor. Someone from my class who will work with that student to help to improve their grades. Let’s face it, some F students don’t know how to study and prepare for a test. They don’t know how to take notes, etc. They might have a reading problem but we work through all of those problems afterschool.

I am a teacher who believes that if a teacher has too many F students in their classroom, that they might be an F teacher.  This school year, let’s think of solutions to solve the problem when we encounter one of these F students in our classroom. If you can’t think of any solutions, work with your grade level or subject area team to come up with solutions to help this child to learn. If that child is doing F work in your class but doing A work in another class, find out what teaching methods that teacher is using to get that child engaged in their lessons. If you still can’t think of any solutions, send me an email and I will be happy to help you out! We can not continue to leave the F students behind!

Together we can Find our way to a D!

                          Dig our way to a C!

                          Carve our way to a B!

                          Bounce our way to an A!

Data is My Friend. Data is my Friend.

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