My Posse Dont Do Homework1 Essay

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My Posse Dont Do Homework1



LouAnne Johnson’s My Posse Don’t Do Homework is an excellent book in the way
that it describes the looked over and ignored kids of schools around the nation. My Posse
Don’t Do Homework shows us how important it is to nurture and care for students and
tell each and everyone of those students how important they are and they, too, can make a
difference. When Ms. Johnson had the class on the first day of school, the students were
all prepared to “work” their way through yet another substitute or permanent
teacher. According to the book My Posse Don’t Do Homework, when Ms. Johnson had
asked about Miss Shepard, the group of student’s former teacher, one girl replied
that she “had been ‘psyched out’” (19). “Miss Shepard had
thrown down her book and rushed out of the classroom in tears the previous Friday. The
kids weren’t surprised that she hadn’t returned. They were obviously proud of
their handiwork...” (19). Moments later a dictionary was flung at her head and she
then proceeded to leave the classroom. After the dictionary incident she spoke with a
colleague, Hal Gray. After a brief discussion with him, she went back to the class where
she was inspired by her former drill instructor, Petty Officer Hawk’s, presence and
confronted the student who threw the dictionary at her. After getting in the boy’s
face, he gave into her demand of sitting down. After introducing herself and telling them
about her Marine and Navy background, she gained the advantage and some of their respect
from fear that she could kill them with her bare hands. The book is not suggesting that
every teacher that has a difficult group of students should let them think that he or she,
meaning the teacher, is going to violent if they do not cooperate in class. However, with
this group of kids Ms. Johnson thought that it would be most effective to intimidate her
new students. After gaining his or her respect, she started to care about each student.
She went above and beyond what is to be expected from the average teacher. She truly cared
about each of students and did her best to get to know each of them on a personal basis.
She even proves in her book, My Posse Don’t Do Homework, that this is an effective
way of teaching these students who have been told that they are not important and that
they would not achieve to be much. Most of the students in her classes were passing with
average and above average grades. The same students were doing below average or failing
other classes that were instructed by teachers who did not put much to any effort in
showing these students any affection. James A. Banks states in his book An Introduction to
Multicultural Education: “I think we have to create a caring community in the
classroom. We have to create what psychologists call a superordinate group in the
classroom” (93). He goes on later discusses and somewhat defines a super ordinate
groups. Banks states, “Allport’s theory of group contact suggests ways to
create a sense of community. In order to create a sense of community, we first need to
create a group within the group not cooperation. Second, we need to create equal-status
situations for the groups” (94). It is imperative that we teach our students in a
fair and caring way. Teachers have to be sure that he or she is doing everything in their
power to help their students achieve their goals. Isn’t that the purpose of
teaching, to help assist the students and do almost anything within their power to see
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