Students make 'Philly Slang' guidebook for new teachers

- Khalid Abogourin and Horace Ryans III are part of the trio of students who created the new ‘First Year Teacher Handbook’ for Philadelphia Public Schools.

The students compiled a list of tips and advice taken from all generations, but mostly young people, that they hope will forge a better bond between teachers and students.

"A whole bunch of brainstorming and time went into it honestly," said Abogourin, a senior at Philadelphia Virtual Academy.

"We can't expect a teacher to come into a Philly classroom and know what they're talking about, the vocabulary and the environment they're about to be thrown into in their first year," adds Ryans who is a junior at the Academy.

We asked science leadership academy teachers John Kamal and Abigail Shagin.

"It reminded me of the version of this back in. The 60's that friends and I shared and every generation has their own new slang,” said Kamal.

The teachers seem to really appreciate the handbook – especially those in starting their first year teaching in the city.

"As a new teacher I think it is a vital piece of information and fun engaging reading before you get ready to welcome kids on the first day," said Shagin.

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