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Thread #59541   Message #950615
Posted By: GUEST
11-May-03 - 05:03 PM
Thread Name: Breathtaking Speech - Kennedy on Frost
Subject: RE: Breathtaking Speech - Kennedy on Frost
Amos,

Problem is, I teach History and Shakespeare isn't in the History standards. I do work music is as often as possible, we started the year listening to Avril Lavigne, The Mighty, Mighty Bosstones, and Sheryl Crowe to explore ideas of identity. Last week we were listening to Richie Havens and Sweet Honey in the Rock do Civil War tunes.

Peter T.

I do challenge them to think things through, and our debates on current events are fun for everybody. But about 30 % of the kids I work with can barely read! I try to make my classroom a safe environment for exploration, but I only have them for 50 mins, 5 days a week. So we have to teach in ways that illiterate kids and second language learners can deal with (the state mandates that we do this) and we have to perform on the same tests that
students from high SES households do easily. I'm sure a summer of reflection will recharge me, but this time of year with 8th grade students is *very* challenging.