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.

Partner to Make Emotional Connections
Partner to make emotional connections

Emotions are intimately involved in virtually every aspect of the teaching and learning process and, therefore, an understanding of the nature of emotions within the school context is essential.

(Schutz & Lanehart, 2002, p. 67)

No research paper, graduate school group project, or student–teacher practicum could have prepared Mr. King for the battle that lay ahead. The first few days of teaching were eaten up by trying to figure out which students were actually enrolled versus those playing hooky, keeping students from freely walking out of the room, and getting through half of an explanation of a concept without having to address a discipline issue. After a few weeks, he was able to shoo away the truant students, ...

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