Teaching with Politically Charged Young Adult Books–Thoughts on Watch Us Rise

Before I go into my analyses and observations, let me first say that I'm a far-left liberal. I believe in equity and social justice, and I try to make a conscious effort to teach about these topics with suavity in my class, making a point to not indoctrinate my students with specific political ideas. I … Continue reading Teaching with Politically Charged Young Adult Books–Thoughts on Watch Us Rise

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“Please, sir, may I have a 90?”

For four years I taught in a charter school in Jersey City, NJ. It was a frustrating job; there was little accountability to be found anywhere--among my colleagues and among my students. I loved the kids there though. They were the best--just not at handing in their work. When my tenure there was up and … Continue reading “Please, sir, may I have a 90?”