This work captures the voices of TFA novices who offer candid accounts of their experiences in Becoming Teach For America Teachers. Previously unanswered questions are addressed: Why do recent college graduates apply to Teach For America? How are they recruited, trained, and hired? How do they learn the culture (s) of the community, schools, grade level, curriculum, and children they teach? Is there a "culture" of the TFA organization? What recommendations do they offer to TFA donors, policy-makers, future corps members and the public? Woven into this book, are perspectives from mentors who worked alongside TFAers, administrators who hired them, corporate C.E.O.'s who supported them, and policies (both local and national) that privileged TFA over non-TFA teachers. Finally, a compelling series of eyewitness narratives introduces each chapter's theme, documented from the author's own, "Notes from the Field." These accounts offer rich, descriptive vignettes that present the challenges TFAers faced, as they occurred. Schools reflect the multitiered and often non-level playing field that comprises America's educational landscape. Learning on Other People's Kids: Becoming a Teach For America Teacher provides readers a glimpse into the corps member experience in a rare ethnographic account.
Helping kids become the best version of themselves involves becoming a lifelong learner. And quotes can be an incredible fuel to their daily fire. Quotes can shine a light on new ways of thinking, reveal how successful people handled their own learning, and inspire children in a fast and fun way. Many quotes on the pages that follow come from people who have made a big difference in the world. One common thing that binds them together is not just their impact, but their love of learning. This book focuses on connecting a love of learning to passion and good habits. Our hope is that it will, in some small way, help children on their journey to become a lifelong learner and a difference maker in the world.The inspiring words and people found in this book are at the heart of what we do at InspireMyKids. Our unwavering goal is to share inspiring, age-appropriate, real-life stories, quotes, media, and projects that help children become the best they can be and take positive action to make the world a better place. We have focused this collection of quotes on topics to help inspire learning. We selected quotes based on their potential appeal to children and then validated based on feedback by children.Whether you are an child, educator, parent, coach or mentor, we trust you will find inspiration in these pages.
LEARN JAVA GUI APPLICATIONS: A JFC SWING TUTORIAL is a self-study or instructor led tutorial teaching the basics of building a Java application with a Swing graphic user interface (GUI). LEARN JAVA GUI APPLICATIONS has 9 lessons covering object-oriented programming concepts, using a integrated development environment to create and test Java projects, building and distributing GUI applications, understanding and using the Swing control library, exception handling, sequential file access, graphics, multimedia, advanced topics such as printing, and help system authoring. The focus of LEARN JAVA GUI APPLICATIONS is to use the existing objects and capabilities of the Java Swing library to build a wide variety of useful desktop applications. Some of the applications built include: Stopwatch, Calendar Display, Loan Repayment Calculator, Flash Card Math Game, Database Input Screen, Statistics Calculator, Tic-Tac-Toe Game, Capital City Quiz, Information Tracker (with plotting), Line, Bar and Pie charts, Telephone Directory and a video game. LEARN JAVA GUI APPLICATIONS is presented using a combination of over 1100 pages of FULL-COLOR course notes and over 100 practical Java GUI examples and applications. To grasp the concepts presented in LEARN JAVA GUI APPLICATIONS, you should possess a working knowledge of Windows (or other operating system) and have had some exposure to Java programming concepts. We offer two beginning Java programming tutorials, JJAVA FOR KIDS and BEGINNING JAVA, that would help you gain this needed training. This course requires Windows XP, Vista, or Windows 7. To complete this course you will need to have a copy of the free Java Development Kit (JDK7) installed on your computer. This tutorial also uses JCreator as the IDE (Integrated Development Environment) for building and testing Java applications. JCreator 5.0 is available for download at the JCreator.com Web Site. The Java source code and all needed multimedia files are available for download from the publisher's website (www.KidwareSoftware.com) after book registration. Teacher Reviews: "The Learn Java GUI Applications topics are introduced progressively to ensure that students of different levels can progress at their own pace. Many exercises and problems are weaved into the chapters to maintain student interest and build confidence. Overall, I appreciated your efforts to make the Java product user friendly." - Carly Orr, Teacher, Vancouver, BC. "Having used Kidware Software tutorials for the past decade, I have to say that I could not have achieved the level of success which is now applied in the variety of many programming environments which are currently of considerable interest to kids! I thank Kidware Software and its authors for continuing to stand for what is right in the teaching methodologies which work with kids - even today's kids where competition for their attention is now so much an issue." - Alan Payne, Computer Science Teacher, T.A. Blakelock High School
This book presents the experiences and ideas of a leading black educator, interweaving his autobiography with the stories of contemporary street gang members and former members. Their own words illustrate Gentry's thesis that even the hardest gang members want to get an education and want to find The Hope Factor. In addition, the book offers an approach for dealing with the greatest challenges facing the nation today: urban violence and the miseducation of minority youth.
Gentry begins by outlining his major themes and then examines American urban education, using his own personal history as well as his more than 25 years of experience in the field. He then provides exemplary case studies and proposes practical solutions. The book is addressed to future teachers and administrators as well as to those now in urban schools, and to all concerned with the state of urban and minority education.