Streams

Laura Klein

Laura Klein began to teach at I.S. 217, Rafael Hernandez School of Performing Arts in the Bronx in 2008. This year, she received tenure at the same school. Originally from Pittsburgh, Laura Klein graduated from Northwestern University in 2007 with a degree in political science. After spending a year on the recruitment team for Teach For America, she was assigned to I.S. 217 as a teacher. She has been blogging since her first week of teaching, and will be sharing her experiences in public education on Schoolbook. Catch more of her work on her blog, www.prelifenyc.blogspot.com.

Laura Klein appears in the following:

The Special Education Problems We Aren't Solving

Monday, July 23, 2012

In her latest blog about teaching in a Bronx middle school, Laura Klein writes: "There’s a lot to criticize about the way special education works in this enormous system. It is cloudy...
Read More

Comments [2]

In Praise of Paraprofessionals

Monday, July 09, 2012

A Bronx middle-school teacher writes: "Because of their impermanence, people often think of paraprofessionals as replaceable -- one may be substituted for another from day to day. But...
Read More

Comment

In Student Awards Season, Thinking About the Ones We Don't Give

Monday, June 25, 2012

A middle school teacher in the Bronx writes: What about the awards we don't hand out to students? "How about an award for my student who isn’t the best or the fastest, but who always...
Read More

Comment

Too Poor for Their Own Graduation

Monday, June 18, 2012

A Bronx middle-school teacher who blogs about her experiences writes: "My students don’t have it easy. But every year I go to prom, and I see them at graduation. They are happy, look...
Read More

Comment

The Student Who Made Me a Better Teacher

Monday, May 14, 2012

Laura Klein, a middle school teacher and blogger, writes: "Perhaps all teachers have one student for whom they are teaching. Sedina was that student for me. Even now, when I am no l...
Read More

Comment

Life Lessons, Taught the Hard Way

Monday, April 30, 2012

In her latest blog post about teaching at a South Bronx middle school, Laura Klein writes about visiting a student at an in-patient psychiatric facility. As a teacher, she writes, it'...
Read More

Comment

Gearing Up for Test Day. And Then What?

Monday, April 16, 2012

Laura Klein, a middle-school teacher in the Bronx, writes that test prep is in full swing at her school -- as it must be, given all that rides on the results. But the problem is not i...
Read More

Comment

At a Bronx Middle School, Reflections on Trayvon and Lost Dreams

Monday, April 02, 2012

Laura Klein, who teaches at a Bronx middle school, says she has had a tough time getting her students interested in current events. But the Trayvon Martin case practically walked into...
Read More

Comment

Still in Middle School at 17, and Out of Hope

Monday, March 19, 2012

For Laura Klein, a middle-school teacher and regular SchoolBook contributor, the tragedy of Kiara was not just that she was 17 and still in the eighth grade. The tragedy was that she ...
Read More

Comments [4]

The 'Magic' of Student-Teacher Relationships

Monday, March 05, 2012

A teacher who blogs about her experiences teaching in a Bronx middle school writes: Often teachers who pull the best out of a troubled student are considered to be transforming -- eve...
Read More

Comment

High School Matches That End in Just 'O.K.'

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Eighth-grade public school students will learn their high school assignments on Thursday, and SchoolBook's teacher-blogger writes that many of her students have already forgotten whic...
Read More

Comment

Everyday Failures, but a Narrative of Success

Monday, February 06, 2012

A middle school teacher writes: 'In order to maintain sanity you have to accept the feeling of not being done at the end of the day. You have to grow accustomed to the to-do list tha...
Read More

Comment

Bullying Changes a School, One Child at a Time

Monday, January 23, 2012

A middle school teacher writes about one of her students: 'The true danger of bullying is the way that it changes kids. After weeks of feeling defensive and guarded, Rocky began to h...
Read More

Comment

Sometimes You Have to Settle for Just Being There

Monday, January 02, 2012

In her latest blog post, Laura Klein writes: In the past, I dreamed of plucking my students from their miserable homes and finding solutions to their problems. I felt powerful and cap...
Read More

Comment

'No Excuses' Is Not Just for Teachers

Monday, December 19, 2011

A Bronx middle school teacher says: We want to be understanding, and we don’t want to be the one who cuts off students' opportunities. But do excuses really provide support? At what...
Read More

Comment

Finding the Child in the Behavior

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Children's misbehavior and the use of suspensions can leave adults in particularly tricky territory.

Read More

Comment

Unearthing the Surprises Within a Child's Mind

Monday, November 21, 2011

A middle-school teacher writes: Often I read a child’s paper, or talk to him or her, and am startled at the interpretation of events in his or her life. It is as though no one has ex...
Read More

Comment

You Call This Choice?

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

The mother had spent her summer dragging herself from one office to another, speaking in broken English, begging that her daughter be allowed to change high schools. She was sent away...
Read More

Comment

Parents Don't Change, but Children Do

Monday, October 10, 2011

After four years, a teacher has learned that the parents who are there at the beginning are still there at the end, and the parents who did not give their phone numbers in sixth grade...
Read More

Comment

Teacher's Diary: Every September, I Know Why I’m There

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

A fourth-year teacher in the Bronx writes about what draws her back to school each year. It's the list, she says. 'I have no control over who is on that list. Sometimes you get kids w...
Read More

Comment