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Volume 24, No.4 - Summer 2010

Volume 24, No.4 - Summer 2010
Cover Story: POWER OF POETRY
The U.S. poet Robert Frost said, “A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a love sickness. It finds the thought and the thought finds the words.” Our cover section focuses on three teachers who guide students to find their voice through poetry, to take the lump in their throat and transform it into poetry that gives them a sense of their own power. At the same time, Tom McKenna, Renée Watson, and Elizabeth Schlessman show us how to use poetry to help students think critically about their personal experience and connect it to a larger social reality.

Pain and Poetry - Facing Our Fears

Poetry becomes the vehicle for students to strengthen the classroom community, think critically about their collective experience, and push their teacher to push them.

Pain and Poetry - Facing Our Fears

Five Years After the Levees Broke - Bearing Witness Through Poetry

A poet in the schools leads students to compare three natural disasters—Hurricane Katrina, the San Diego wildfires, and the recent earthquake in Haiti—and turn their grief and anger into poetry.

Five Years After the Levees Broke - Bearing Witness Through Poetry

Aquí y Allá

An elementary teacher uses the poetry of Jorge Argueta to help students express their feelings about leaving one country for another.

Aquí y Allá
Features

Steady Work

An insightful look at a country that decided to invest in teachers and social support instead of standardized testing.

Steady Work

Wise, Wiser, Teacher

A U.S. educator reflects on her experiences in Finland.

Wise, Wiser, Teacher

A Librarian in Every School, Books in Every Home

A Modest Proposal

Elementary school students join a campaign to save school librarians.

A Librarian in Every School, Books in Every Home

Coming Soon to Your Favorite Credential Program

National Exit Exams

A California teacher educator analyzes the impact of Arne Duncan's pet standardized test for credential candidates.

Coming Soon to Your Favorite Credential Program

Those Awful Texas Social Studies Standards

And What About Yours?

The new Texas standards deserve the bad press they’ve received, but Oregon’s aren’t that much better. How about the standards in your state?

Those Awful Texas Social Studies Standards

‘Greco-Roman Knowledge Only’ in Arizona Schools

Indigenous Wisdom Outlawed Once Again

The Arizona legislature attacks ethnic studies, and it’s the tip of the iceberg.

‘Greco-Roman Knowledge Only’ in Arizona Schools

Fighting for Electives

Lessons in Change

A middle school teacher tries to reclaim electives for students assigned to READ 180 instead.

Fighting for Electives

To Teach

A peek at the new graphic novel that brings to life a best-selling memoir.

To Teach