My Teacher – Mary!

“Students need WARM DEMANDERS – a person who is compassionate, caring but also holds that student accountable. Type in the chat that teacher who was a WARM DEMANDER of you.” These words Tyrone Howard spoke during the closing Keynote of the TCRWP Saturday Reunion.

I immediately typed Mary Ehrenworth. That first summer back in 2009, sitting in the front row of the Columbia Univerisity Auditoium with 500+ teachers behind me, I was a student learning how to write. Mary taught me in a caring manner while masterfully nudging me to do the work and be accountable.

This past Saturday, Mary taught me some more. I am so thankful to be a part of the TCRWP community, learning.

Here are imiages from the slideshow I made to highlight the ideas shared by Mary, along with a former staff developer, Pablo, and a NYC teacher, Marc. They have a book out now called The Civically Engaged Classroom.

Studnet Letter Link

Marc’s students’ work Link

4 thoughts on “My Teacher – Mary!

  1. jodimahoney says:

    I use this term all of the time with my teachers who are “warm demanders” – caring and rigorous at the same time. I feel like we could right a post just about this! Thanks for the inspiration.


  2. Fran McCrackin says:

    Thank you for this term- new to me. It wouldn’t be a bad epitaph on a tombstone!!!
    I jotted down a few of the ideas in your slides to use with my Elementary school Earth Day awareness-raising. Thanks for that, too.


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