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.

Expect Nothing Short of Excellence

Expect nothing short of excellence

As if the challenges of teaching in high-poverty, urban, largely minority schools (HUMS) classrooms weren't enough, one of the fiercest battles facing HUMS teachers rages within. The raging internal struggle is about the fight to believe in the possibility that students, often from unthinkably challenging circumstances, are capable of emulating and attaining levels of both academic and social excellence. Too often, visions of great things they can become are imprisoned by beliefs formed from the visible. The formation of such beliefs is molded from viewing daily matinees played out in the classroom that feature overwhelmed teachers and uninspired students. They are cemented by daily scenes depicting boredom, apathy, and disinterest in starring roles. On rare occasions, ...

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