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Abstract Title: Challenges Faced by a (White) Idealist Teaching Science in a Public High School in Harlem
Abstract: After many years of conducting research into student learning of physics and implementing PER-based curricula in all kinds of settings and levels, I decided to spend my sabbatical as a full time science teacher at a public high school in Harlem, New York City. I went with enthusiasm and optimism, confident that my knowledge of student learning of science and my personality would translate to great student achievement. While I feel that I met with some success, in this poster I instead focus on the overwhelming challenges of succeeding in this environment. I will share my perspective of how these challenges are related to race, culture, and expectations (both mine and theirs). In addition, I will share how the focus on high stakes, low level testing drives so much of the instruction and frustration (more mine than theirs).
Abstract Type: Targeted Poster
Targeted Session: Applications of PER in Diverse Settings: Perspectives on Audience, Method and Implementation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Richard Steinberg
City College of New York