A Teacher's Day

The day in the life of an inner city large urban school district teacher after the high stakes testing ends and there is still three more months left before summer vacation.

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Location: Chicago, Illinois, United States

I have taught school for over thirty years always in the inner city and for the most part always upper grade students. I have two children and I have been married for twenty years.

Monday, March 12, 2007

I'M BACK IN SCHOOL

For the last so many weeks now I've been taking a course on the integration of math with science. I didn't want to take the course. I've been teaching for a long, long time and it's not that I don't like learning anymore--it's just that I want to be able to pick what I learn.

Anyway, I wrote this grant and my school got funded for it so the next thing I know, I'm part of the grant (and I never meant that to happen). So I'm in Loyola University on Chicago’s northside taking a class.

Part of the class is to teach me methods I can use with my own students. So I thought I'd write this blog about the process. I thought at first I’d just bring a few of my students to the class and let them show the class what I learned, but the logistics were just too great. (Taking students from 43rd twenty miles north, feeding them, having them sit in the class—though I’m sure the students I selected would be great sitters—and then having to drive all the way back to their homes seemed to be an issue. Also: the Dan Ryan is under construction again—you know, Chicago’s other season.)

Then I thought I’d create a power point, but that didn’t work out because I have no idea how to create a power point. (I’m a firm believer everyone over fifty should be allowed to pass when they are asked to do something with modern technology.)

So in the end I just had all of my classes do all of the work I did in class. All of my students. I want you to understand this. Every one of them.

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