Archive for November 2017

Teaching my Chicago Public Schools students the importance of saying "thank you" even if it makes them feel powerless

As I’ve mentioned before, in addition to teaching my Chicago Public Schools students writing skills, I also find opportunities to teach them social skills.  In an era where students have easy access to material goods and where so many things are done for them, I devoted some time this week to remind my high-school students... Read more »

Why I stopped asking students, "How are you?"

Aside from teaching my Chicago Public Schools students how to write, I remain committed to helping students develop social skills. I want them to converse (not “conversate”) about their experiences and the world around them. One of our classroom expectations is “Be Honest.” I ask students to be truthful about their situations if they didn’t... Read more »