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.

Taking an Inquiry Stance on Teaching

Taking an inquiry stance on teaching

Vignette: An Inquiry Stance in Action

Ms. Plemmons, a first-year teacher in Texas, teaches three junior English classes each day. She recently taught a lesson that she described as “an incredible flop.” She had arranged for students to practice their multiple-choice state assessment while they'd had a substitute, and she wanted to review the answers with her students the following day (so as not to confirm their belief that it was busy work). She took time to make a PowerPoint slide-show with each answer choice and the book's justification for it being the best choice. With first period, she just went over the answer choices. Participation was minimal, and her students were bored, but they ...

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