Don’t Take The Stairs. Use Elevators.

No, not the fancy machine that employs a system of pulleys and levers to move you in vertical directions. I want to talk about the kind of elevators that come packaged in flesh and bone who push you to the next levels of thought and understanding as you pursue your destiny. In America, we have […]

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The Problem With “Helicoptering” Kids

I teach a bunch of slow students. I know, that is so rude to say but I mean what I say. They are retarded–NOT intellectually disabled, but stunted in the way they process the world around them. My students lack initiative, bound by the limiting presence of well-meaning adults. Let me explain something to you. […]

The Truth About Teaching “Urban” Students

For all new teachers, alternative certification teachers, and general teachers of urban students: Teaching requires the kind of self reflection and personal honesty that most people avoid. Learn to self correct early and often–your fight is not with the students, but inside yourself. The better you become, the better your students become.

The Truth About Teaching “Urban” Students

For all new teachers, alternative certification teachers, and general teachers of urban students: Teaching requires the kind of self reflection and personal honesty that most people avoid. Learn to self correct early and often–your fight is not with the students, but inside yourself. The better you become, the better your students become.