Book Talk: Things I Wish My Teacher Knew about Me: Memoir of a Disengaged Student, with Joseph Mathews
By: Education Program Gottesman Libraries
Published: 09/01/2015
Uploaded: 11/19/2015
Uploaded by: Education Program Gottesman Libraries
Pockets: Book Talks, Gottesman Libraries Archive, Gottesman Libraries' Education Program
Tags: disengagement, drop out, engagement, Joseph Mathews, Minority, Urban Education

Description/Abstract: Book Talk: Things I Wish My Teacher Knew about Me: Memoir of a Disengaged Student, with Joseph Mathews, Wednesday, 10/7, 4-5:30pm

"Take a deeper look into Joseph's life as a disengaged student and examine the intersectionality of how and why cultural misunderstandings and well-meaning but misguided approaches contributed to his low performance and disengagement. Each chapter lays out an experience that every educator will encounter during their career. Starting out in first grade and going through to Joseph's senior year, the challenges that he and his peers had in school are examined. Each chapter also explores alternative and simple approaches that Joseph feels teachers could have taken to better engage him. Take the journey through Joseph's elementary, middle, and high school years and see how his teachers hurt him, healed him, and helped him to find his place in the world."
-- Book Description

Joseph Mathews speaks widely on his experience of being mislabeled a special education student and of being a high school dropout, which informs his passionate approach to student engagement. Most recently he spoke at Reach for College! in Washington, D.C. He has conducted many professional development workshops for teachers that focus on student and family engagement. In addition to his newly published Things I Wish My Teacher Knew about Me (CreateSpace, May, 2015), he has written Wrestling for My Life (2011), Why Do Boys Make Girls Cry? (2011), Me and My Homies (2010), and The Dropout (2008). Joseph has a M.A. in Family and Community Education, and he is pursuing now a Ph.D in Interdisciplinary Studies, also at Teachers College, Columbia University.

Please rsvp with your details no later than Monday, October 5th.

Where: 306 Russell