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Nts This book marks the 10th and Final Professional Developmentteacher Book I Have Read professional developmentteacher book I have read the summer of 2015 So much knowledgeThroughout college I was dead set on teaching powerful relevant curriculum to my students Then I became a real teacher was handed less than mediocre curriculum and ventually started to write my own Teaching for social justice took a back seat as I flailed around at figuring out how to teach and surviveReading Christiansen s book reminded me that I absolutely must change my curriculum so that students read and write about what F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby empowers them and to give them a voice Already I ve made notes on my year long plan to incorporate ways for students to read write and share about their families traditions and languages in a school where white kids are in the minorityI loved how Christiansen didn t just lecture on the importance of such a curriculum Her book provides unit plans handouts and mentor texts from students andxperts alike And with 20 years in the classroom she knows what she s talking about Unfortunately I teach middle *school where most of my kiddos are Mexican whereas Christiansen wrote her *where most of "My Kiddos Are Mexican Whereas "kiddos are Mexican whereas wrote her focused on mostly African American high school students Her mentor texts and Walled (The Line, examples almost all speak to a predominately Black audience and are at such a high reading level that my 6th graders would be lost While I was disappointed that I couldn t directly apply many of the lessons and units I think I can take the concepts of her chapters and turn them into something that will cater to the demographic I teach It ll be a lot of work but there s nothing uite like a curriculum thatxc. Christensen is recognized as one of the country's finest teachers Her latest book shows why Through story upon story Christe. ,


This is an inspiring book that makes me want to try and teach high school I have only observed high school English classes that are an analysis of texts from the standard canon This book shows you how a teacher can still teach all of these skills using a social justice curriculum The rousing introduction is full of heart and humility both of which I appreciate The first chapter leads off with a uote from a Carl Sandburg poem but misspells "His Name Bravo To The Author And "name Bravo to the author and those who are committed to creating community and helping us articulate it These launches didn t speak to me but I can imagine they might to others When you read Linda Christensen s Teaching for Joy and Justice you are reminded of why conservatives are fearful of critical pedagogy and progressive practices Just think what might happen if those without voices and power are taught to acuire and use both Excellent writing activities and a great chapter on themed literature circles While the operational definition of joy was less obvious the classroom practices are clearly described for secondary teachers I love that this book s focus is on the practical application of social justice teaching in the English classroom So often social justice teaching books tell us what the nd goal is but don t give us of how to get there in our classrooms This book does and the lessons it would integrate well into my class Christensen gives several different lesson plans within ach chapter so I m getting a good feel for the process of how she runs her classroom and can see her ideas working in mine I m xcited to try out her assignme. Teaching for Joy and Justice is the much anticipated seuel to Linda Christensen's bestselling Reading Writing and Rising Up. ,
Ites students There were great ideas in here for teaching along with texts that can be used for all different age levels The author is clearly a master teacher and I specially appreciate her use of model paragraphs and texts from students and professional writers as well as her asset based approach to working with her students I think the book could use an update with current approaches to ally ship and teaching while white with majority students of color classrooms Some parts come across as a little white savior ish Absolutely changed my thoughts on some of my pedagogical practices There are some really great ideas to try IN HERE THIS IS PROBABLY THE BEST BOOK ABOUT here This is probably the best book about I ve read One passage sums up the main point of the book When the curriculum instead of sanitizing the past and xcluding the present holds a mirror to students lives so that the ineuality and injustice students xperience starts to breathe in the classroom students wake up I have the page with that uote bookmarked so I can read it and gain clarity when making curricular *choices A common complaint about PD books is that they have plenty *A common complaint about PD books is that they have plenty theory but not Tempting Fate enough practice This book contains a number of useful activities and I particularly like the Handouts that accompanyach chapter The ssays articles and student xamples are all useful However I particularly like the theory in this book I d love it if it didn t have the practical usable activities This book made me think about why I teach and One Giant Leap encouraged me to let those reasons seep into how I teach This book was absolutely pivotal to my thinking I found myself screaming AMEN. Nsen demonstrates how she draws on students' lives and the world to teach poetryssay narrative and critical literacy skill.

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