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TEPC 5600Assignment 1For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood…and the rest of y’all too: Reality Pedagogy andUrban Education by Christopher Emdin is an intriguing text that discusses a subject and reality teachers normally avoid knowledging on a Professional Development day, but majority are burning inside to know the answers. Reading this book made me, as a teacher, feel a number of ways, feeling of relief as well as frustration. Relief to know that there are many different directions a teacher can take to provide a safe and learning environment in a classroom with urban poor black students as the whole population. To know there is hope in bettering and strengthening schools and the students who are in them. But frustration arise when very few things are allowed in your school district. For example, I am given an ELA lesson plan that is to be followed precisely as a script, without getting too far off the subject for elaboration. It is extremely difficult to build a relationship with a class when a teacher is told to follow a script to get them to learn. Although I am African American, I find it hard to relate to my students and their culture most of the time. To start, I went to a predominately white school and even was the only black in my basketball district for a moment. I was raised seeing things in a different light from my students I have today. Majority of my students have been exposed to situations and events I have only seen on television, and it scares me to hear some of the stories they share withme. I have always done my best to try and fit in with my students by using some of their slang or