For Thursday's class, I've asked you to listen to this podcast. It's heavy. Rather than have you post before class, Iet's just have a conversation in class. So there is no need to post anything to this discussion board prior to class. You'll have time in class to post to this discussion board as preparation for a whole class discussion.
Here's the question I'm going to ask you to write/talk about: Who really cares about reading and writing assignments at Harper High given all the other things that are going on at that school? And, yes, it's a trick question, because, if you can't tell already, my answer is ALWAYS that we should always care about reading and writing assignments no matter what.
Funny Story: A few years ago I had a group of First Year Students who were not the greatest students on the face of the planet, but were fun and funny and even though they made me pull my hair out a lot--a lot, a lot--we had a pretty good time and remember that these are kids identified as "at-risk" readers and writers, which is why they ended up in my class in the first place. One day near the end of the semester while I was sort of scolding, but not scolding them about how they needed to take themselves seriously and not treat their writing like it was nothing and in my frenzy to convince them, I ran out of breath. These guys looked at me and what I thought they were doing was sort of writing me off, but what they were actually doing was taking me seriously. And one of my students sort of looked at me sideways and said, "You know, I thought in the beginning this was going to be some kind of Freedom Writers situation. But this is real sh_t."
Proudest teaching moment of my entire life.