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Fires in the Bathroom Advice for Teachers from High School Students

ISBN-10: 1565848020
ISBN-13: 9781565848023
Edition: 2003
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Book details

List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: New Press, The
Publication date: 5/1/2003
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 204
Size: 6.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Lisa Delpit is an African American and a lifelong teacher who promotes the idea of having "visions of success for poor children and children of color." Her 1995 book, Other People's Children: Cultural Conflict in the Classroom, discusses how to better train teachers by using nine specific factors, among them understanding the brilliance of the children, recognizing and building on the children's strengths, using familiar metaphors and experiences from the children's world, and nurturing a sense of connection to a greater community, of which they are a part. Delpit's father owned a restaurant and her mother taught high school. Her parents set an example by providing free meals for local elementary school children who could not afford to buy lunch. This fostered in Delpit a commitment to helping others. Delpit was one of the first African Americans to attend desegregated Catholic schools in Louisiana. She also attended Antioch College in Ohio and Harvard University. She has worked at the University of Alaska, Morgan State University's Urban Institute for Urban Research, and Georgia State University, holding the Benjamin E. Mays Chair of Urban Educational Leadership. Delpit received a MacArthur Award for Outstanding Contribution to Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 1993.

Preface: "And then they set fires in the bathroom, while she was trying to be so friendly."
Introduction: "Wanted: One teacher. Must be able to listen, even when mad."
Knowing Students Well: "If you pay attention, you can see it."
Respect, Liking, Trust, and Fairness: "If you see the teacher respect students, you'll follow that role model."
Classroom Behavior: "A lot of people are afraid of teenagers. They think we are these freak humans."
Creating a Culture of Success: "He just pushed me to keep my head outa them boys and into the books."
Teaching to the Individual, Working with the Group: "One job of a teacher is to be fair to all. Don't expect the work of one student from another."
Motivation and Boredom: "Just saying you need to pass math isn't enough. Show me how knowing pi is worth something."
Teaching Difficult Academic Material: "She snatches history from the past and puts it in my backyard."
Teaching Teenagers Who Are Still Learning English: "Sometimes I don't know how to express who I am."
When Things Go Wrong: "Try your best, don't give up."
Going Beyond the Classroom: "It was more fun than in the classroom - and we learned it, too."
Afterword: How We Wrote This Book - and Why It Matters: "Has anyone ever asked you questions like this before?"
Resources for Teachers
Acknowledgments
The Students: Brief Biographies
Index

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