Commentary: Why Teachers Teach? — Need You Ask?
We talk about their success stories, the kids who text them from college, invite them to their weddings, grow up and become teachers themselves. We talk about their heartbreaks, the kids who for one reason or another don’t make it, who drop out, who disappear. We talk about their frustrations, the kids with behavior issues,...
By Ellie Herman | November 26, 2013
Commentary: A Teacher’s Story of Burn Out — Or How ‘La Bestia’ Won
I burned out after teaching for five years at a high school in a very low-income neighborhood. What made me burn out was not that so many of my students came in with reading skills several years behind their grade level. Nor was it that many of them also came in with a history of...
By Ellie Herman | November 14, 2013
Commentary: First, We Have to Stop the Overcrowding
In Dennis Danziger’s English class at Venice High, they play musical chairs every day; if you come in late, you don’t get a desk and have to sit in a chair on the sidelines. Unfortunately, they’re not playing for fun. They’re playing because his class of 50 students is so overcrowded the students can barely...
By Ellie Herman | November 1, 2013
Ellie Herman: A Teacher Learning from Teachers
Ellie Herman is a writer and English teacher, who taught Drama, Advanced Drama, Creative Writing, English 11 and 9th grade composition at Animo Pat Brown Charter High School in south Los Angeles. A career union member, she is now immersed in a year-long journey, spending time in teachers’ classrooms at schools across the socioeconomic spectrum...
By LA School Report | October 16, 2013