Milner, H., IV. (2019, January). Confronting Inequity / More Than a Math and Science Teacher. Retrieved February 13, 2019

This teacher, Mr. Jackson, understood that outside of school, his students were listening to music, playing video games, and watching movies, television shows, and YouTube clips (among other forms of entertainment). He also realized that many of them were engaged in various arts in their out-of-school lives: participating in plays at their church or community center, drawing and painting, and creating music with their friends, for instance. Some of the students were engaged in these activities almost nonstop when they weren’t in school. Rather than disregarding or working against his students’ outside interests and practices, which is common in too many schools, this teacher welcomed them into the classroom. He used every opportunity he could find to talk with his students, either one-on-one or in groups, about the things that gave them joy, which tended to be linked to their interests.

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