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My Posse Don't Do Homework: A Funny and Inspiring Story of Teaching

Johnson, Louanne

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ISBN 10: 031207638X / ISBN 13: 9780312076382
Published by New York, NY, U.S.A.: St. Martin's Press, LLC, 1992, 1992
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ISBN: 031207638X, Hardback, 1st edition, Near Fine in a Very Good DJ; small closed tear to top edge of DJ next to spine, light wear, minor rubbing, and chipping to DJ and DJ edges, spine ends and corner tips, book became the basis for the movie "Dangerous Minds" starring Michelle Pfeiffer, 8vo., 226 pages., 0.0 0.0 0.0. Bookseller Inventory # 08637

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Title: My Posse Don't Do Homework: A Funny and ...

Publisher: New York, NY, U.S.A.: St. Martin's Press, LLC, 1992

Publication Date: 1992

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: First Edition....

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An account of an inner-city teacher's first years on the front lines at Parkmont High School presents entertaining anecdotes about how the former Marine employed various creative devices to get her students to learn.

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Another funny, alarming look at a city school from a dedicated, unconventional teacher. When former Navy and Marine servicewoman Johnson (Making Waves, 1986) took over the pseudonymous ``Parkmont High'' classroom of a teacher who'd had a breakdown, she found herself surrounded by unruly, unmotivated students partial to Atom Bomb cologne and thunderbolt hair styles. At first, they tried the usual tricks, and Johnson, like others before her, nearly despaired (``I shook my head, and bit my lower lip, trying not to cry''). But she persisted, using an original mix of boot-camp tactics and genuine warmth, and, one by one, the students responded--like Danny, ``an advanced thinker caught in the body of a remedial student,'' who, inspired by Johnson's parakeet, turned from marginal to remarkable; or Curtis, who'd had a blank journal all year until The Merchant of Venice seized his imagination (``I never had anything to say before''). Along the way, Johnson learns a few lessons of her own, from simple management skills (``outshouting kids is like trying to teach a pig to sing'') to, most reluctantly, the hard facts of life (``You can't save a kid who doesn't want to be saved''). We've been up this down staircase before, especially in the late 1960's when an armful of books (by Kozol, Kohl, Herndon) first dramatized great inequities in school systems and the sad shuffle awaiting those least able to speak up for themselves. Johnson shows the importance of basic respect, constant encouragement, and unorthodox teaching strategies for a generation (another generation) of disenfranchised students. -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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