Eddie Williams and The Newcomers: Profile of an EL Teacher (Part 2)
In the second of a 2 part series, we continue our conversation with Eddie Williams, the teacher featured in Helen Thorpe’s book The Newcomers.
How might teachers handle the draw of smartphones, texting, social media in their classes, particularly when working with ELs and newcomers? What is the appropriate balance between structure and agency when working with ELs? How do effective coaches encourage new teachers to increase their impact without becoming overwhelmed? All that and what Eddie hopes readers will take away from the book.
We pick up right where we left off with a discussion about one of the most common challenges that all teachers face.
During our conversation, Eddie and I reference the following books and resources:
- The Newcomers: Finding Refuge, Friendship, and Hope in an American Classroom, by Helen Thorpe
- The Talent Code, Greatness Isn’t Born. It’s Grown. Here’s How., by Daniel Coyle
- Lost at School: Why Our Kids with Behavioral Challenges are Falling Through the Cracks and How We Can Help Them, by Ross W. Greene, Ph.D
- The work of Dr. Jordan B. Peterson, professor of psychology at the University of Toronto
Eddie and I had a lot to discuss, so this is part 1 of a 2 part series. If you haven’t heard our conversation with Helen Thorpe, you can find it on Highest Aspirations Season 1 / Episode 19 anywhere you listen to podcasts.
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