Teaching Hope: Stories from the Freedom Writer Teachers and Erin Gruwell (Google eBook)

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Crown Publishing Group, Aug 18, 2009 - Education - 304 pages
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“There are lives lost in this book, and there are lives saved, too, if salvation means a young man or woman begins to feel deserving of a place on the planet. . . . What could be more soul-satisfying? These are the most influential professionals most of us will ever meet. The effects of their work will last forever.”  –from the foreword by Anna Quindlen

Now depicted in a bestselling book and a feature film, the Freedom Writers phenomenon came about in 1994 when Erin Gruwell stepped into Room 203 and began her first teaching job out of college. Long Beach, California, was still reeling from the deadly violence that erupted during the Rodney King riots, and the kids in Erin’s classroom reflected the anger, resentment, and hopelessness of their community. Undaunted, Erin fostered an educational philosophy that valued and promoted diversity, tolerance, and communication, and in the process, she transformed her students’ lives, as well as her own. Erin Gruwell and the Freedom Writers went on to establish the Freedom Writers Foundation to replicate the success of Room 203 and provide all students with hope and opportunities to realize their academic potential. Since then, the foundation has trained more than 150 teachers in the United States and Canada. Teaching Hope unites the voices of these Freedom Writer teachers, who share uplifting, devastating, and poignant stories from their classrooms, stories that provide insight into the struggles and triumphs of education in all of its forms.

Mirroring an academic year, these dispatches from the front lines of education take us from the anticipation of the first day to the disillusionment, challenges, and triumphs of the school year. These are the voices of teachers who persevere in the face of intolerance, rigid administration, and countless other challenges, and continue to reach out and teach those who are deemed unteachable. Their stories inspire everyone to make a difference in the world around them.


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Review: Teaching Hope: Stories from the Freedom Writer Teachers and Erin Gruwell

User Review  - Diana - Goodreads

depressing. I would NEVER share my history with ALL of my students like some of these teachers. Its just bad practice!! Read full review

Review: Teaching Hope: Stories from the Freedom Writer Teachers and Erin Gruwell

User Review  - Megan - Goodreads

I really enjoyed this book. The whole time it captured my attention. The stories felt so real I shared laughs and cries as I read through the pages. Some pages are stained with tears, but it has ... Read full review

Contents

A Teachers Sexual Orientation
168
DISILLUSIONMENT
171
An Ode to Testing 173
174
Teacher Breakdown
176
Tough Realities of Teaching
178
Role of Special Education
180
Administering an IEP Exam
182
The Timeout Room
185

Education from an Autistic Perspective
17
The Lesson of Three Birthdays
20
Fathers Death
23
Overcoming Loss
24
Bait and Switch
26
Classroom in Tune
28
Culture in the Classroom
30
Integrating Schools
33
Sheltered Student
35
Sex Education
36
Teachable Moment
39
Clarity from Chaos
40
Money Laundering
42
CHALLENGES
45
Pencil Restriction 47
46
Contemplating Suicide
50
A Lasting Impression
52
Mean Girls
54
Teenage Mom
58
Mandated Reporter
60
Lucky to Survive
63
Loss of Innocence
65
The Depths of Despair
68
Spousal Abuse
70
Wounds of the Past
73
A Mothers Addiction
75
Parental Abuse
77
Reporting Child Abuse
79
Dysfunctional Families
82
Adoption
84
Homelessness
86
After Katrina
88
A Childhood on the Move
89
Teaching in the Projects
92
Teaching in Juvenile Hall
94
Witness to Murder
98
A Eulogy at a Students Funeral
99
Death of a Student
100
ENGAGEMENT
105
Pee Breathe and Stay Vertical 107
108
Student Journaling
110
Celebrating Diversity
113
Life on the Reservation
114
Illegal Immigration
117
Racial Identity
118
Understanding Discrimination
121
Confederate Flag Controversy
123
Teaching in Appalachia
126
Intolerant Student
128
Classroom as a Safe Haven
131
Student with AIDS
133
A Students Secret
135
Second Chance
138
A Teachers Bad Day
140
Crohns Disease
143
An Influential Teacher
144
Fatherhood
146
Being a Mother to Students
148
Its Not About the Money
150
Finding Common Ground
152
Theory Versus Practice
154
Ride Out the Trip
156
Student Finds His Voice
158
EnglishLanguage Learner
161
Student with Special Needs
163
Battling Depression
165
Student Never Returns to Class
186
Student on the News
189
Student Drops Out
191
Cheering for the Unlikely Heroes
194
Immigration and Customs Enforcement
198
TowelHeads
199
White Supremacy
201
Standing Up for Your Beliefs
203
School Attack
206
A Soldier Goes Off to War
208
Trials of Dating
210
Calling Off a Wedding
212
Unbalanced Life
214
Being a Father
216
Runaway Son
218
Mothers Death
221
Divorce
223
Apartheid
226
Taking a Stand
228
Pledge of Allegiance
230
Quitting Catholic School
233
Telling Off a Principal
235
Being a Principal
237
Leaving the Profession
239
Getting Laid Off
241
Difficult Administrators
243
Ironic Accolades
245
REJUVENATION
247
A Note from the Substitute
249
Journal Connection
250
Confrontation at Juvenile Hall
253
Valid Voices
256
Finding a Way to Connect
258
CrossCountry Pen Pals
261
Painting Murals
265
Making Music
267
Service Learning Project
268
Economic Enlightenment
270
Shy Student Succeeds
273
Overcoming Speech Impediment
275
Absentee Father
277
Breaking the Cycle
279
Empowering Young Women
281
Touching History
282
LifeChanging Trip
284
Paradigm Shift
286
Redefining a Legacy
289
Learning from the Past
292
Challenging the Status Quo
295
Education Is Liberation
297
Teacher Finds Calling
299
Teacher Is a Confidante
301
Veteran Teacher
303
Teacher of the Year
305
EMPOWERMENT
309
From Students to Teachers 311
313
Student Coming Out
315
Never Give Up
319
Academic Redemption
320
Honorary Brothers
322
International Underdogs
324
Untapped Potential
327
Toast for Change with the Mayor
329
EndoftheYear Reflection
334
Two Graduations
340
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About the author (2009)

Erin Gruwell is the Founder and President of the Erin Gruwell Education Project, a non-profit organization that funds scholarships for disadvantaged students and promotes innovative teaching methods.


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