Strikes a great balance between acknowledging the difficulties, being respectful of the reader as a professional, and pushing you to think just a bit more. He is the whole forest fire. This book was truly about being a reflective teacher who continues to grow, and adapt to meet the needs of his students. Loving the title and topic already. Love his work! November 6th 2018 I have heard amazing things about Cornelius Minor and would love to read this book and explore it with my colleagues! He acknowledges all of my undergrads’ questions from the place. Wow. Thank you for bringing it forward. What I love about this book is that Minor doesn't simply draw attention to equity issues but offers practical classroom solutions. If you are a teacher, you need this book. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy! "That's the problem with you, Minor" a student huffed. Please respond to my e-mail with your mailing address within five days of receipt. One credit a month to pick any title from our entire premium selection to keep (you’ll use your first credit now). I now arrive early, even if that means I leave another session early to make sure I can squeeze into whatever room he’s in. I tend to read PD books over the summer and thus one is already on my 2019 list! Read this book. The thing that I appreciate second most is the way he's able to take really complex ideas about how to shift one's teaching practice and communicates them in ways that are actionable. This would be a perfect book for departments to read and discuss. He guides teachers through the process using whatever systems their schools use. I’ll be using select chapters in my methods class next year (actually used his intro last semester to help students craft a first draft of their own “teacher stories”), but if I taught a larger education foundations class or teaching seminar, I’d assign the whole book as a central text. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. Cancel online anytime. by Heinemann Educational Books. This book sounds like something I need to read and share with teachers. (I’ve been known to sit in a strategic location at the prior session so I can leave at a sprint!) He provides systems for change that are reflective and intentional. In fact, the first and fourth chapters (i.e., “Begin by Listening” and “Show Kids That You Hear Them”, respectively) are devoted to the notion of really listening to kids: what’s important to them, what they’re telling you, what they aren’t saying to you, holding regularly-scheduled class meetings in which power is shared, etc. So many tidbits and bites and thoughts that you can chew on to update and change your practice. By listening carefully, Cornelius discovered something that kids find themselves having to communicate far too often. Thank you! We teach for what can be.”. This is the professional development book I needed right now- a balance of positivity and practicality, filled with (with links online) samples of flowcharts to help move your practice and your environment forward...and also poster worthy quotes. You need to create and maintain the kind of community that will help kids feel safe enough to be honest with you (2019, 81). Ditto! While challenging the teacher as hero trope, We Got This shows how authentically listening to kids is the closest thing to a superpower that we have. This book is on my TBR list! I am definitely putting this book on my wishlist! Post was not sent - check your email addresses! Thank you for the chance to win this book! Connect with Cornelius Minor Website: | Twitter: @MisterMinor | Book: We Got This. At school, you guys do everything except listen to me. I've seen Minor speak in person twice, and we share a beloved professor, Bill Teale, in our hearts. Ditto! : Equity, Access, and the Quest to Be Who Our Students Need Us to Be. Equity pedagogy theory texts are very important but often too theoretical and abstract for undergrads/preservice teachers, and overwhelmingly my undergrads say, “this theory is great, but what does it look like?” or “but how do I do this without losing my job?” Minor takes so much from culturally sustaining and activist pedagogies and makes it tangible, even modeling “what this might look/sound like” in the text. He is a spark. Using anecdotes and companion materials, he provides guides to replicate the compassionate work he does with students. At school, you guys do everything except listen to me. It's a real world classroom kinda book, Reviewed in the United States on December 22, 2019, Reviewed in the United States on August 1, 2019. My only qualm is that there was so many things I wanted to take notes on is that I couldn't play Animal Crossing while listening to this book. I can’t wait to read his new book! Cornelius Minor doesn’t just offer another overview of the inequity many of our students are facing; he offers practical strategies for change and resources to help educators enact that change, while also acknowledging the realistic obstacles that teachers face everyday in this profession.

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