Do we still need to teach vocabulary in schools?

I just want to drop a brief note and reflection about a teachable moment I created earlier today.  I was at the Cambria Heights Library in Queens today and as I was checking out my book, I overheard two young girls excitedly talking to a librarian and they were asking him to quiz them on…

Zero Tolerance, Classroom Management, Race, & the Discipline Gap

Peace Family, For this blog post, I want to discuss my thoughts on school discipline and classroom management within racial, schooling contexts. Today in a course that I teach, I showed my students Ava Duvernay’s documentary, 13th, in class.  This is a powerful film–one that analyzes mass incarceration in the U.S. within a socio-political context of…

Creating a culture of academic achievement in Black schools/classrooms

Peace Family, I want to reflect on some of the elements that I believe are needed in order to promote and ensure academic achievement for African-American children in U.S. schools and classrooms.  In writing this post, I am bringing in my experiences of teaching at an African-centered charter school in Chicago this past year.  Let…