Tuesday, April 30, 2013
This video picks out a lot of important quotes from chapter one of Savage Inequalities.
Sunday, April 21, 2013
Point to Share: Teachers need to make the curriculum and learning meaningful for the students. Incorporating their favorite books, sports, hobbies, etc. into the material is a fun and creative way to teach a lesson.
Sunday, April 14, 2013
This reading connects to Johnson because he states, “For all our potential, you’d think we could manage to get along with one another” (pg6). Even though everyone is different, we should be able to “agree to disagree” and get along with each other.
The Silenced Dialogue – Lisa Delpit
Aria – Richard Rodriguez and Teaching Multilingual Children – Virginia Collier
Kliewer connects to Rodriguez and Collier because they suggest using the child’s strengths to teach them. Rodriguez and Collier want teachers to use the child’s first language, a strength, to teach them English, and to not take away their first language.
Tracking: Why Schools Need to Take Another Route – Jeannie Oakes
Kliewer’s article goes hand in hand with Oakes, and the idea of getting rid of tracking. Using the children’s strengths and interests is a more effective way of teaching, and is more meaningful to the children. Having all types of students together in one classroom will only benefit the students because they get to meet all types of people.
Point to Share: I read another article by Jonathan Kozol called Savage Inequalities. This article is very similar to Amazing Grace, because he talks about how children in Chicago are also being trapped in this cycle. Education is not equal across the board, for these children have bad teachers, if they have a teacher at all. Most of the time the teacher calls out or there is just no teacher for the class because they quit. Then he talks about one teacher, Corla Hawkins, who goes above and beyond the call of duty for her students. These schools do not have sufficient funds because there are no businesses nearby and many people are homeless or living in apartments, so the property tax going into the city is very low. I feel that this article also connects to Kliewer and the idea that students should not be separated in order to get quality education.