Fires in the Bathroom: Advice for Teachers from High School Students

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The New Press, Apr 1, 2005 - Education - 204 pages
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The acclaimed book of practical advice from students to their teachers.

Since its initial publication in hardcover in 2003, Fires in the Bathroom has been through multiple printings and received the attention of teachers across the country. Now in paperback, Kathleen Cushman's groundbreaking book offers original insights into teaching teenagers in today's hard-pressed urban high schools from the point of view of the students themselves. It speaks to both new and established teachers, giving them firsthand information about who their students are and what they need to succeed.

Students from across the country contributed perceptive and pragmatic answers to questions of how teachers can transcend the barriers of adolescent identity and culture to reach the diverse student body in today's urban schools. With the fresh and often surprising perspectives of youth, they tackle tough issues such as increasing engagement and motivation, teaching difficult academic material, reaching English-language learners, and creating a classroom culture where respect and success go hand in hand.
 

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Fires in the Bathroom: Advice for Teachers from High School Students

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Teenagers dictating to teachers sounds dubious, but educators will want to take note of the message from this volume: students do want to learn. Cushman, an education journalist working in conjunction ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jonah - Goodreads

I like the idea of allowing students to give advice to teachers, and much of the advice is good. Still the book has a lot of the kind touchy-feely liberal gobbledygook that made me hate my teaching program. Teachers need to be kind and empethetic, but they also need to cut through the bull shit. Read full review

Contents

Respect Liking Trust and Fairness
17
Classroom Behavior
36
Creating a Culture of Success
62
Teaching to the Individual Working with the Group
85
Motivation and Boredom
100
Teaching Difficult Academic Material
123
Teaching Teenagers Who Are Still Learning English
145
When Things Go Wrong
162
Going Beyond the Classroom
175
How We Wrote This Bookand Why It Matters
184
Resources for Teachers
191
Index
199
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Kathleen Cushman is the author of Fires in the Middle School Bathroom(The New Press). As a writer for What Kids Can Do, Inc., a national nonprofit organization, she works to bring forward the voices of student writers around the nation.She lives in New York City.

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