Jeremy Glazer http://blog.wlrn.org en How To Teach Brown V. Board To A Class Of All Black Students http://blog.wlrn.org/post/how-teach-brown-v-board-class-all-black-students <p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68);">Here’s a question:<span style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-size: 14px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; line-height: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">&nbsp;</span>How do you teach a class of all black students in an all-black school that&nbsp;<span style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-size: 1 Mon, 23 Jun 2014 20:32:33 +0000 Jeremy Glazer 34398 at http://blog.wlrn.org How To Teach Brown V. Board To A Class Of All Black Students Classroom Contemplations: Why Teachers Leave The Classroom http://blog.wlrn.org/post/classroom-contemplations-why-teachers-leave-classroom <p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-178cf9c9-82b4-f453-cf93-c96279569afa">We all agree that every student should have good teachers.<p><p dir="ltr">I think we also agree that there are three ways to improve the teaching force:<p><ul> <ul> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">We must get “bad” teachers who cannot or will not improve out of the classroom<p></li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">We must help “mediocre” teachers improve.<p></li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">We must keep “good” teachers in the classroom.<p></li> </ul> </ul> <p dir="ltr">Now, time for some of the critical thinking we ask of our st Fri, 16 Aug 2013 16:17:20 +0000 Jeremy Glazer 19157 at http://blog.wlrn.org Classroom Contemplations: How Teachers Find Success From Failure http://blog.wlrn.org/post/classroom-contemplations-how-teachers-find-success-failure <p dir="ltr"><em>Editor&#8217;s note: Names of students and teachers have been changed.<p></em><p><p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-5ca6f301-780a-538a-d4fb-685166b4b661">Knowing we were going to be talking about former students, Lisa Perry told me she got out some letters she had saved and read through them.  The exercise inspired her to get in touch with four of her students from over 20 years ago. Tue, 13 Aug 2013 21:12:08 +0000 Jeremy Glazer 18992 at http://blog.wlrn.org Classroom Contemplations: Little Books, Big Statement http://blog.wlrn.org/post/classroom-contemplations-little-books-big-statement <p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-12df5ca1-bec4-2c6a-5d1e-5bdf0cb34bc1">Ms. Mon, 05 Aug 2013 15:12:22 +0000 Jeremy Glazer 17314 at http://blog.wlrn.org Classroom Contemplations: What Silicon Valley Tells Us About Evaluating Performance http://blog.wlrn.org/post/classroom-contemplations-what-silicon-valley-tells-us-about-evaluating-performance <p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-7876e7d8-1766-a62a-c149-ea1b3d0d38a8">Are search engines really more complicated than children?<p><p dir="ltr">That question occurred to me last week when the annual earnings report for Yahoo! came out and it became clear that CEOs are cut a lot more slack than teachers are.<p><p dir="ltr">New Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer was hired with much fanfare last year and tasked with turning the company around (or at least bringing it out of the doldrums in relation to its competitors). Mon, 29 Jul 2013 12:08:27 +0000 Jeremy Glazer 18174 at http://blog.wlrn.org Classroom Contemplations: Helping Students Find Their Voice http://blog.wlrn.org/post/classroom-contemplations-helping-students-find-their-voice <p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-665a8e14-1135-b7ec-091d-3c9ad80438a1">Henry Rodriguez had a lot of ideas as a young, energetic teacher.  He wanted to make his civics class relevant and to help his students be more aware of what was going on in the world.  One of his ideas involved requiring his kids to watch a brief news program every morning for the whole year.<p><p dir="ltr">At first, students had to write simple summaries of what happened, but then the exercise got more advanced as the year progressed. Thu, 25 Jul 2013 15:11:40 +0000 Jeremy Glazer 17998 at http://blog.wlrn.org Classroom Contemplations: A Student, On The Value A Teacher Added http://blog.wlrn.org/post/classroom-contemplations-student-value-teacher-added <p dir="ltr">While most of these stories about the values teachers add come from the teacher’s point of view, I thought it would be interesting to hear one from a student.<p><p dir="ltr">Benny Rawlings went to a middle school in Miami.<p><p dir="ltr">“It was not a great school,” he said. “There were hallways you couldn’t walk down.  You either had to find somewhere to hide or find strength in numbers.”<p><p dir="ltr">This environment was part of the reason that Benny joined a gang.<p><p dir="ltr">But that didn’t mean he gave up on school. Fri, 19 Jul 2013 12:07:12 +0000 Jeremy Glazer 17686 at http://blog.wlrn.org Classroom Comtemplations: Lessons After The School Day Ends http://blog.wlrn.org/post/classroom-comtemplations-lessons-after-school-day-ends Madame Logan is a retired high school French teacher. Mon, 15 Jul 2013 13:53:04 +0000 Jeremy Glazer 17436 at http://blog.wlrn.org Classroom Contemplations: Overlooking The Value Of Veteran Teachers http://blog.wlrn.org/post/classroom-contemplations-overlooking-value-veteran-teachers <p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-1cadfa77-ce61-47e6-805a-877fd505d368">A student went home to complain to her mom about Mattie Williams, her social studies teacher. Fri, 12 Jul 2013 15:04:53 +0000 Jeremy Glazer 17313 at http://blog.wlrn.org Why Relying On Tests Only Reinforces Bad Behavior In Schools http://blog.wlrn.org/post/why-relying-tests-only-reinforces-bad-behavior-schools <p dir="ltr">There are some real perils to systems which try to reduce teacher performance to a single number, such as many of our new “value-added” formulas.<p><p dir="ltr">The first is that whatever you decide to measure &#8212; and, implicitly or explicitly reward &#8212; is what you are going to get.<p><p dir="ltr">Take a look back a few years at our mortgage crisis. One of the precipitating structural problems was that the system evolved so that there was an incentive to write more mortgages. No longer were people rewarded for responsible lending. Tue, 02 Jul 2013 16:09:12 +0000 Jeremy Glazer 16756 at http://blog.wlrn.org Classroom Contemplations: The Teaching That Evaluations Ignore http://blog.wlrn.org/post/extra-curricular-teaching-evaluations-ignore <p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-19727603-9fd5-32fd-74da-1475777ff33c">One of the things I want to do through this series is to expand the discussion of a teacher’s value. We cannot let the worth of teachers be defined narrowly by the test scores of their students. Tue, 02 Jul 2013 15:58:22 +0000 Jeremy Glazer 16755 at http://blog.wlrn.org WLRN Fiction: Piñata http://blog.wlrn.org/post/wlrn-fiction-pi-ata <p></p><p><em style="line-height: 1.5;">The following is original fiction by Jeremy Glazer. Jeremy is a regular WLRN contributor.&nbsp;</em></p><p></p><p>Every year, on his birthday, for the last twenty-three years, Robert Simmons called the number.</p><p>856-3543.</p><p>But no one had ever answered before.</p><p>“Hello, Robert’s Western Wear,” the voice says, in mock cowboy accent dissolving into a cascade of giggles.</p> Sat, 19 Jan 2013 13:50:00 +0000 Jeremy Glazer 7457 at http://blog.wlrn.org WLRN Fiction: Piñata Fiction: Dolphins, Oysters And Crabs http://blog.wlrn.org/post/fiction-dolphins-oysters-and-crabs <p><span style="color: #ff6600;"><span style="color: #000000;">Jeremy Glazer writes about that weird liminal space between high school graduation and supposed adulthood. It’s set against the backdrop of Key Biscayne. Glazer is a Miami native who lives and writes on Miami Beach. He can be reached at jeremyglazer@yahoo.com.</span></span></p><p>Click on the player above to listen to Glazer’s latest work of original fiction.</p> Tue, 05 Jun 2012 20:20:29 +0000 Jeremy Glazer 1441 at http://blog.wlrn.org Fiction: Dolphins, Oysters And Crabs