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During my first year of teaching high school, I had a class after lunch that was almost comically chaotic and difficult. Every 50-minute period was like an episode in a bad teenage movie. The students had their own agendas, didn’t seem to like each other, or me, or books, or school.

Road-Testing With Teenagers

This idea traveled with me during my year of service as 2015 National Teacher. In a special partnership with the U.S. Department of State, I visited the Middle East as an ambassador of American teaching.

Kids Want & Need Us To Listen To Them

What I’m sharing here is an abridged version of this lesson. Part of the reason the room gets quiet, I think, is because of a willingness to be authentic and vulnerable with our own authentic questions. I share my own frustrations with the difficult nature of justice, which is also an engaging topic for teenagers.

Newly minted Harvard Ed.L.D. | 2015 National Teacher of the Year | Author: Think Like Socrates | Otter enthusiast