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  •  Take good notes on your journey (4+ / 0-)
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    Just Bob, sc kitty, greengemini, skwimmer

    I hope that a gifted educator who is also good writer leaves a detailed record of his encounter with poverty in an inner city school.

    There is an important book on education reform waiting to be written by an inner city teacher.

    If cats could blog, they wouldn't

    by crystal eyes on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 08:04:00 PM PST

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      and I know of at least one publisher who very much would like a book from me, so I promise to be disciplined about writing about this experience - not all of which will be shared immediately online  :-)

      "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

      by teacherken on Fri Nov 16, 2012 at 04:40:16 AM PST

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      •  What about an inner city teacher group at DKOS? (1+ / 0-)
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        A place where those of us with the inner city classroom  experience could support the cause.  

        I found that that kids needed an industrial strength emotional connection with someone in the school   to overcome the many reasons to drop out.  

        The greatest gift I could wish for my students was an identity as a passionate learner.  

        This scene from Stand and Deliver  reminds me of the calling of the skillful inner city teacher to capture the potential of those that society wants to discard.

        Jaime Escalante: [to his students] ... There will be no free rides, no excuses. You already have two strikes against you: your name and your complexion. Because of those two strikes, there are some people in this world who will assume that you know less than you do. Math is the great equalizer... When you go for a job, the person giving you that job will not want to hear your problems; ergo, neither do I. You're going to work harder here than you've ever worked anywhere else. And the only thing I ask from you is ganas. Desire.
        [Passing one boy, he ruffles up the student's hair]
        Jaime Escalante: And maybe a haircut.
        [Everyone laughs]
        Jaime Escalante: If you don't have the ganas, I will give it to you because I'm an expert.

        If cats could blog, they wouldn't

        by crystal eyes on Fri Nov 16, 2012 at 08:00:39 AM PST

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