Part 2–From the Classroom: Teachers Integrating Technology

Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice

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In Part one, I described a lesson taught by Hillsdale High School English teacher Sarah Press. Nicole Elenz-Martin is another teacher in the San Mateo Union High School District at Aragon High School. An 11-year veteran of teaching, she teaches Spanish level 3 through level 6 (including Advanced Placement). Elenz-Martin is also an instructional coach in the district and an instructor in the Stanford World Language Project.

At the end of the lesson I observed, before the next class entered, we talked about what I had seen and she quoted to me Abe Lincoln’s thought (see above) about the importance of preparation before the real work begins. Her quote captures much of the unseen planning that goes into the lesson I watched.

Aragon has just over 1400 students of whom 70 percent are minority.  Twenty-four percent of the students are eligible for free and reduced-price lunches (proxy measure of…

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