Posts by Vincent Segalini:

Why Relationships Matter–Teaching At-Risk Students

February 16, 2012 Published by

By Vincent Segalini Marcus is loud, his casual register echoing off every surface in my classroom. He is looked up to by all his peers, but not for the reasons we wish our students were idolized. Marcus comes from a tough family. While there are no siblings, there is also…

Is It Because I’m Black?

June 1, 2011 Published by

Five of my students were walking their dog on a recent spring afternoon. As they made their way through a residential neighborhood, a city police officer pulled over to speak with the group. The boys were doing nothing but walking their dog and talking. The officer asked them what they…

Being a Mentor Every Day

May 19, 2011 Published by

I was listening to a program on NPR last week, and the host of the show was interviewing the rapper Ice-T, the self-professed “original gangster.” She asked him what led him to a life of crime prior to his emergence as a superstar. Ice-T talked about growing up in the…

Data analysis vs. quality instruction

January 21, 2010 Published by

Data analysis has become a hot-button issue in public education since the advent of No Child Left Behind and standardized testing. Schools are focusing on data and how the data will lead to improved test scores and school success. Small group instruction, interventions, and focus on specific groups of students…

Choosing Literature to Excite Under-Resourced Learners

July 16, 2009 Published by

As a teacher I have struggled to find literature to share with my students that is academically challenging, relevant, and engaging. This is especially true with my under-resourced learners. I assumed the best method to excite my students about reading was to give them literature with which they could relate.…