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As Bad as They Say?Three Decades of Teaching in the Bronx$
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Janet Grossbach Mayer

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780823234165

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823234165.001.0001

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Dolores—The Dancer

Dolores—The Dancer

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(p.83) 10 Dolores—The Dancer
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As Bad as They Say?
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Janet Grossbach Mayer

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823234165.003.0010

Dolores was a good student but an unenthusiastic one. Most of the students, but not all, are “unenthusiastic” about reading. One of the teacher's goals was to get students to like reading — for the rest of their lives. So the teacher devised a simple interest inventory, which she administered on the first or second day of school. In this way, she quickly discovers their interests outside of school. In order to be eligible to take the performance test for the few specialized high schools, somebody has to help the student put together a portfolio or a program. As Dr. Howard Gardner says no one is likely to develop an intelligence without at least some opportunities for exploration of the materials that elicit a particular intellectual strength. Miraculously almost, Dolores had developed this talent, this intelligence, outside of school, in the Bronx.

Keywords:   Dolores, reading, interest inventory, performance test, specialized high schools, program, Howard Gardner, intelligence, Bronx

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