Walter Marx Posted 4 months ago Christopher Emdin: Teach teachers how to create magic I think you miss the point entirely. He is talking about engaging students by observing and emulating the neighborhood they live in. You have to speak their language in a way. This isn't just limited to black inner city schools, though generally that is where teachers have the most trouble communicating in this country. It also applies to rural schools and suburban schools, white, black, and Hispanic communities as well. If you look and act like an outsider, fewer will listen to you and you will have a hard time teaching. Learning involves trust as much as anything, and few trust an outsider, even if they can understand what they are saying.