Urban Teaching in America: Theory, Research, and Practice in K-12 Classrooms is a brief yet comprehensive overview of urban teaching. Undergraduate and graduate students who are new to the urban context will develop a deeper understanding of the urban teaching environment and the challenges and opportunities they can expect to face while teaching in it. The authors have combined the work of urban education theorists, researchers, and practitioners to demonstrate that urban students bring many resources to their learning environment and can often serve as educators to the teachers themselves. Readers will feel prepared to challenge, rather than maintain, the status quo after reading this book.

Building upon Student Resources and Attributes

Building upon student resources and attributes

Vignette: A Resource Approach in Action

As the bell rings, Ms. Miranda's high school social studies students are settling into their seats. It is the winter of 2006, and she is about to begin a simulation that transports students to another time period through role play. She begins by handing out and projecting that day's assignment on the overhead: “It is 1880, you are a recent immigrant to New York City, and it is your first day at work in a factory. You, your spouse, and your children all have to work. You enter the factory quietly and await orders.”

In a booming tone, Ms. Miranda says, “I'm the factory manager. You are to create shirts ...

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