Volume 27, No.3

Spring 2013

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  • Editorial: Just Math

    By the editors of Rethinking Schools

    How to best teach mathematics has been debated for decades. Recently these debates have been rekindled with the implementation of the new Common Core State Standards for mathematics. Teachers are […]

  • Whose Community Is This?

    Mathematics of neighborhood displacement

    By Eric (Rico) Gutstein

    Students use advanced math to study gentrification, displacement, and foreclosure in their neighborhood.

  • Transparency of Water

    A workshop on math, water, and justice

    By Selene Gonzalez-Carillo, Martha Merson

    Community educators bring math into an intergenerational exploration of the environmental, political, and economic issues surrounding bottled versus tap water.

  • Beyond Marbles

    Percent change and social justice

    By Flannery Denny

    Middle school students analyze a classroom full of social justice issues, armed with their understanding of percent change.

  • Responding to Tragedy

    2nd graders reach out to the Sikh community

    By Dale Weiss

    When a racist attack kills members of a local Sikh temple, a 2nd-grade teacher involves her students in a journey of connection and solidarity.

  • An Unfortunate Misunderstanding

    Saga of a promising new charter

    By Grace Gonzales

    Helping create an independent charter school seems like a dream job. But teachers, parents, and children soon confront all-too-familiar charter school woes.

  • Creative Conflict

    Collaborative playwriting

    By Kathleen Melville

    A high school drama teacher searches for ways to encourage students to write about their lives without replicating stereotypes.

  • “Hey, Mom, I Forgive You”

    Teaching the forgiveness poem

    By Linda Christensen

    An English teacher builds community as her students write a poem about forgiving or not forgiving. She starts with her own story.

  • A Pure Medley

    By Adeline Nieto

    In a class on culturally responsive teaching at Ithaca College, my professor, Jeff Claus, asked us to create poems of introduction. He was modeling how to use two of Linda […]

  • Paradise Lost

    Introducing students to climate change through story

    By Brady Bennon

    The film Paradise Lost – about the rising ocean that threatens Kiribati – proves an evocative introduction to a unit on climate change.

  • Seattle Test Boycott: Our Destination Is Not on the MAP

    By Jesse Hagopian

    On Jan. 10, 2013, we teachers at Garfield High School called a press conference to announce our intention to refuse to administer the Seattle Public School’s mandated Measures of Academic […]

  • Letters to the Editor 27.3

    CONTINUING CONTROVERSY OVER NEW TEACHER TEST We write to clarify misunderstandings about the edTPA initiative described in “Stanford/Pearson Test for New Teachers Draws Fire” (winter 2013) by Nini Hayes and […]

  • Encounters

    By Herb Kohl

    Hello Goodbye Hello:A Circle of 101 Remarkable MeetingsBy Craig BrownSimon & Schuster, 2012 A Bintel Brief:Sixty Years of Letters from the Lower East Side to the Jewish Daily ForwardBy Isaac […]

  • Resources 27.3

    Check out these valuable resources, reviewed by Rethinking Schools editors and Teaching for Change colleagues.