Archive for November 2016

Chicago Public Schools students discuss Trump on Chicago Public Radio

Thank you to Chicago Public Radio’s Becky Vevea for reporting on the conversation my students and I had after Tuesday’s election.  We examined the effectiveness of Trump’s and Clinton’s speeches.  Take a few minutes to listen. Teaching Trump: Chicago Teacher Retools Post-Election Lesson Plan You can “Like” The White Rhino Blog’s Facebook page. Follow me @whiterhinoray.... Read more »

How I’m teaching my children to deal with a Trump presidency

My head was spinning at 12:30 a.m. when I knew the unexpected would happen. The last thing I typed before I went to bed around 2:00 a.m. was the first thing I would say to my 11-year-old son and my 8-year-old daughter when they awoke: WE are not Trump. WE do not believe or do... Read more »

What one Chicago Public Schools teacher will teach after the presidential election

My original plan was to have students examine a few of the Clinton campaign political ads and Saturday Night Live political satire. I wanted them to examine the rhetorical approaches that contributed to Clinton’s win. That’s what I thought would happen when I left school today. But at 12:26 a.m., it looks like Trump is... Read more »
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A teacher explains the Trump effect and how to defeat it after Election Day

This is a guest post by a Michigan teacher with ties to Chicago schools. I need help. I’ve needed it for a year now. I am just now asking. I have committed the cardinal rule I drill into my students’ minds at the beginning of the school year: “If you need help, ask someone! They... Read more »

Why more high schools should have a block schedule

This post is part of a collaboration with the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards When I started teaching in 1995 at an alternative high school in Chicago (a school that gave dropouts a second chance at a diploma), we were on a block schedule. I saw students every other day for about 90 minutes... Read more »