May 19, 1989 |
Odir Romero, 12, and his best friend, Hugo Ruiz, roamed aimlessly across the crowded playground at Le Conte Junior High School on Thursday morning, discussing the teachers' strike that has turned their school lives upside down. The boys, who immigrated to the United States less than a year ago, casually dodged balls and ballplayers as they ambled through basketball and volleyball courts, never breaking stride or losing the thread of their conversation. While more and more of their classmates are staying home each day the strike continues, these two keep showing up for class.
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June 20, 2009 |
Khadijah Williams stepped into chemistry class and instantly tuned out the commotion. She walked past students laughing, gossiping, napping and combing one another's hair. Past a cellphone blaring rap songs. And past a substitute teacher sitting in a near-daze. Quietly, the 18-year-old settled into an empty table, flipped open her physics book and focused. Nothing mattered now except homework. "No wonder you're going to Harvard," a girl teased her. Around here, Khadijah is known as "Harvard girl," the "smart girl" and the girl with the contagious smile who landed at Jefferson High School only 18 months ago. What students don't know is that she is also a homeless girl.
December 27, 2001 |
Dear Ann: I am an inner-city English teacher, and my students are reading George Orwell's "1984." I am having a difficult time explaining communism, socialism and fascism to my students without giving a full-blown, time-consuming history lesson. I recall you printed a humorous column some time ago explaining these concepts using cows as examples. Will you please print it again for my students? I'm sure it will kick-start a lively class discussion. I'd appreciate your help. --A TEACHER IN MISSISSIPPI Dear Mississippi Teacher: Thank you for asking.
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February 25, 2011 |
Ryan Ramos' 6 a.m. routine used to consist of the usual: a shower, breakfast, then a walk to the bus stop. But now, the 14-year-old eighth-grader has another activity: punching an identification code into a cell phone-size GPS device. Five times a day ? when he wakes up, when he gets to school, after lunch, after school and at 8 p.m. ? Ramos is required to enter his code into the machine. If he's not where he's supposed to be, the GPS provides a way to find him. Ramos and 31 other students in the Anaheim Union High School District are participating voluntarily in what some consider a cutting-edge solution to the age-old problem of truancy.
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November 17, 2013 |
A 17-year-old Arcadia High School student earned a perfect score on the Advanced Placement Calculus BC exam in May, making him one of only 11 in the world this year to perform such a feat. Nathan Chou of Arcadia learned of the rare achievement earlier this month from the College Board, a nonprofit organization that oversees and scores millions of advanced placement tests. About 104,600 students took the AP Calculus BC exams this year, according to a news release from the College Board.
August 23, 2012
Re "A good teacher is hard to keep," Opinion, Aug. 19 Sujata Bhatt describes how too many teachers fail to receive validation or support from their schools or districts. I have organized professional development workshops for more than 2,000 educators. I ask at each workshop if the teachers (usually 60 or more) feel appreciated at their school. One teacher may raise a hand. Administrators could easily validate excellent teachers with brief email messages of support and by honoring those teachers who go the extra mile to attend workshops to become even more effective.