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The Pedagogy of Real Talk

The Pedagogy of Real Talk
Engaging, Teaching, and Connecting With Students At-Promise

Second Edition

Foreword by Tia Brown McNair

August 2021 | 240 pages | Corwin

Real Talk means real results!
To reach students who may see school as an obstacle rather than an opportunity, connection and trust must come first. Paul Hernandez, a former at-risk student, is now a nationally recognized, award-winning educator and trainer. His Real Talk is a practical methodology that helps education professionals build rapport with students at-promise while creating learning experiences that are relevant—and life-changing.  
This updated and expanded second edition of a bestseller provides an intensive, robust experience enabling teachers to create and implement connections with their teaching. You will:

  • Develop an understanding of the education research and theories that underlie the Real Talk approach
  • Learn the how-to’s for implementing Real Talk with any group of learners
  • Benefit from diverse and unique case studies, applications, and lessons learned

Teaching with transparency, authenticity, creativity, and grit will lead to higher achievement, student engagement, and graduation rates and fewer discipline problems. Designed to be used by any teacher and with any curriculum, from elementary through post-secondary, Real Talk will change your teaching and develop persistent, optimistic students who feel a sense of belonging.

Part 1: Foundations
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Real Talk
Chapter 3: What Must be True About You
Chapter 4: The Opportunity Gap, Demographic Shift, PRT, and a Sense of Belonging
Part 2: Implementation
Chapter 5: Implementing Real Talk in the HEP Program
Chapter 6: Flexibility, Adaptability, and Effort
Chapter 7: Terministic Screens, Alternative Lessons, and Real Talk Discussions
Chapter 8: Implementing Real Talk in Any Classroom
Part 3: Taking PRT to Scale or Taking Real Talk to Scale
Chapter 9: Professional Development
Chapter 10: Professional Development: Alternative Lessons
Chapter 11: New Beginnings
Appendices A - O

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ISBN: 9781071844816