A comprehensive approach to achieve real and lasting change with urban students! In high-poverty, urban, minority classrooms, teachers often struggle to engage their students emotionally, intellectually, and behaviorally. Drawing on his more than twenty years of experience working with high-poverty, urban, minority students, Jelani Jabari delivers; Seven cohesive steps for planning, delivering, and reflecting on captivating learning experiences; Techniques for gathering critical information about your students to forge deeper connections; Strategies to transform students' perceived “deficits” into instructional assets; An emphasis on teaching methods and classroom culture, not simply standards and accountability engagement.

The Engaging Educational Practice

The engaging educational practice

In October 1994, I left a message on the district's substitute teaching hotline indicating that I was available to teach the next day. At 7 o'clock that evening, the call I received from the substitute office wasn't exactly the one I wanted. I was told that I would be going to one of the worst middle schools in one of the roughest areas of the city. In a panic, I called a friend who had some experience teaching in schools with students who could be quite the behavioral challenge.

I nervously said, “Mr. Houston, you know they're sending me over to M. L. King Junior High School. Those students are known to be among the worst behaved in the ...

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