Veteran teacher Julie Landsman leads the reader through a day of teaching and reflection about her work with high school students who are from a variety of cultures. She speaks honestly about issues of race, poverty, institutional responsibility, and white privilege by engaging the reader in the experiences of a day in the classroom with some of her remarkable students.
Julie Landsman is Benedict Distinguished Visiting Professor at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. Until her recent retirement, she had spent many years working with both troubled and gifted students in middle and high schools in the Minneapolis Public School System. She continues to teach in Minneapolis as a Writer in the Schools. Ms. Landsman presently has a monthly column in the Skyway News.
Part 1 Introduction: Our Changing World: A Cause for Celebration Chapter 2 Before School: What I Bring Chapter 3 Waiting for First Hour Chapter 4 First Hour: Recognizing Oneself Chapter 5 Second Hour: History and Literature Chapter 6 Third Hour: Student Voices as the Center of the Class Chapter 7 Lunch Hour: Students' Lives Chapter 8 Fourth Hour: Connections Chapter 9 Interlude: Twenty-Four Seven Chapter 10 Fifth Hour: Representing Chapter 11 My White Power World Chapter 12 Sixth Hour: Expectations Chapter 13 After School: Training Teachers Chapter 14 At Night: Community Chapter 15 Living in Different Worlds Chapter 16 Celebrations at Home Chapter 17 Resistance: The Power of White Activism Chapter 18 Epilogue