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.

Teaching to the Standards without Standardizing the Curriculum

Teaching to the standards without standardizing the curriculum

Vignette: Standards in Action

Test Question 1. Which one of the words below is a noun?

  • Teacher
  • Eating
  • Kicked

Ms. Richardson is preparing her students to meet a first-grade standard—to be able to identify a noun. Realizing that some of her students may struggle to simply sound out the words in the test question listed above, let alone know which one is the noun, she has taught them the Noun Rap, a simple way of allowing kids to have fun while learning. The Noun Rap is a repeat to a beat the kids make with their hands and feet. Ms. Richardson begins.

“OK, boys and girls. Let's do the Noun Rap. Remember, you repeat after me!” ...

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