Fellows in Arms: A 21st Century Teaching Saga

Fellows in Arms: A 21st Century Teaching Saga

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This story begins as war stories often do: as a call to arms. In the wake of 9/11, Aaron Roston joined the New York City Teaching Fellows program, created to parachute elite career-changers into the schools euphemistically known as hard-to-staff. Thousands answered the call; few were chosen. 25 members of Roston's class began their service in 2002; by the summer of 2005, only 7 remained in the system. FELLOWS IN ARMS is the view from the sharp end of educational reform, and dramatizes what the term teacher accountability really means. The story of idealistic teachers in urban school settings has become cliche. But FELLOWS IN ARMS is different: It uses memoir, history and reportage to create a narrative that finds humor and drama in equal measure. No dry policy book, this is the maddening, sometimes tragic, often comic saga of what ensued when the school bell sounded.This new model would be teaching what was termed a a€œliteracy double-block, a€ meaning English class was now 92 minutes instead of 46 ... The fifth class these English teachers would teach was something called Advisory, and nobody even pretended to know what that was. ... were responsible for teaching five academic classes a day, with a maximum of three a#39;prepsa#39; (different levels of lesson planning anbsp;...

Title:Fellows in Arms: A 21st Century Teaching Saga
Author:Aaron Roston
Publisher:Lulu.com - 2009-02-06


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