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.

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.

Saturday, April 28, 2007


The All Stars Activity Grant came from a much larger grant my district won. We received fifteen hundred dollars for supplies.

How will money from this grant benefit after school academic activities?

The ________ After School Program contains the following cognitive clubs: science, peer tutoring, creative arts, homework, reading and board games (chess, checker, Monopoly, etc.). With this grant we will purchase high interest and engaging materials, books and other supplies to enable our students to pursue interests and academic activities independently or in small and large groups.

List your rationale for the materials you will utilize with this grant.

We will create small group lab activities for the science club. These will include the exploration of a number of science concepts including evolution (fossil study, fruit flies, etc.), rocks and minerals, magnetism, and anatomy (fetal pigs, sheep dissection material, etc.) we have created these labs with the assistance of Fisher Scientific.

Our creative arts program will utilize disposable cameras for writing and photo journalism. We will utilize paint, chalk, and other media to allow our students the freedom to explore various art forms on a number of materials including newsprint, canvas and other types of paper. We will create music and dance videos of original student work with African instruments. (Instruments have been purchased through another grant).

The reading club will utilize books from the Coach series. We picked this series because the same title comes in two reading levels—one for at risk readers and another for those who are proficient.) We will not read aloud, but instead discuss the book in a reading club discussion forum where the teacher will be the coach and discussion moderator.

The Game Club will use chess and checkers to develop higher level thinking skills, Monopoly to develop strategies for success, and other games that further the vision and mission of the school—to create a well rounded and life long learner.

How will you evaluate the success of your program?

_____ School will see a two percent gain in attendance on club activity days, a fifty percent drop in negative referrals to the office, and a five percent gain on standardized testing including the Chicago Learning First.


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