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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.

Intersect Their Interests and Experiences with Instruction
Intersect their interests and experiences with instruction

From the standpoint of the child, the great waste in the school comes from his inability to utilize the experiences he gets outside in the school in any complete and free way within the school itself; while on the other hand, he is unable to apply in daily life what he is learning in school.

(Dewey, 1900, p. 76)
Beginning the Engagement When the Tardy Bell Rings

Would you say that you truly begin to engage your students after they complete Do-Nows and the attendance is taken? Or can you honestly say that your engagement begins the moment they set foot in your room? One of the most frequent mistakes teachers make is giving the ...

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