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Engaging the Nonchalant Inner-City Middle School Student

Inner-city classrooms are among one of the most challenging environments for an educator. Inner-city students are often fighting battles outside of the classroom that make it difficult for them to focus. This collection will aid educators with providing inner-city students with the best possible opportunities for educational and emotional growth.
A Collection By Kendra Hadnott
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Engaging the Nonchalant Inner-City Middle School Student
  • Kendra Hadnott says:
    Teaching inner-city students is tough, but teaching them with a bad attitude makes it even tougher. The key to managing this type of classroom is consistency and positivity. I love that this book teaches you to tap into your logic more than your emotions, which is a very useful skill to have on days when you're frustrated by students' behavior or reluctance to learn.
  • Kendra Hadnott says:
    This video is an excellent example of how passion and positivity go a long way when instructing an inner-city classroom. This music teacher has struck the perfect balance between firm and bubbly. She also gets the students moving, which is key since a lot of children learn best when they feel free to move.
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    A Day in the Life of a an Inner-City School Teacher

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    Kendra Hadnott says:
    Teachers who are new to the field will get the opportunity to see how another inner-city school teacher deals with her daily struggles. For veteran teachers, this article offers an all too real account of the daily rewards and struggles of being an inner city teacher.
  • Kendra Hadnott says:
    This video is a rough and raw account of the obstacles that inner city children face, and how one teacher was able to surpass those obstacles to engage her students. There's no one way to reach every student, but with enough passion and drive, it's wholly possible for an educator to make a significant difference.
  • Three Miles

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    thisamericanlife.org
    Kendra Hadnott says:
    WBEZ has done a podcast episode that does an amazing job of depicting two schools that are three miles apart in distance, but worlds apart in every other way. Having taught in both these types of environments, I found this account amazingly accurate. This is a great starting point for crafting lessons on diversity.
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    eslhiphop.com

    15 Quick Ideas for Using Hip-Hop in Class

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    Kendra Hadnott says:
    While hip hop is a popular genre amongst many, the inner-city student can relate to a great deal of content covered in hip hop music. By planning lessons around music and lyrics that some can relate to, educators can find common ground with students who appear uninterested in the classroom. This valuable resource gives teachers 15 educational hip hop activities that are sure to ignite a love for learning.
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BloomBoard Asks:Is it better to manage an inner-city classroom by using an iron fist or open arms? What degree of tenderness is appropriate for this type of environment?