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  •  four of my 17 years were spend in middle schools (9+ / 0-)

    so it is not something totally alien to me.

    I have also taught some students from poverty, but usually as a small percentage of the overall school.

    This is a very different setting.

    "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

    by teacherken on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 07:31:57 PM PST

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    •  The people who asked you to do this know you. (2+ / 0-)
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      If they didn't have confidence that you're the one for the job, they would have sought out someone else.  They will have your back and be there to help you and your students succeed.

      You've reminded me of a book I read ages ago (can't remember the title or author, but I'd bet you've read it) about a young white teacher whose first teaching job was in an all black inner city NYC school with a very rough environment.  He started out teaching the way he was taught to teach, which was a disaster.

      He ended up reaching outside of the box.  He gave his students his phone number and home address.  As I recall, a scavenged piano became a classroom fixture as well as chess games.  Math was associated with sports...subjects were modified to relate directly to his students' interests and life experiences.

      Students called him at all hours of night. Students filled his home seven days a week.  They became energized and developed an insatiable interest in learning because they were presented with experiences that related directly to their own lives and potential.

      This teacher lasted a few years.  He had to quit, not because he failed but because he was completely mentally and physically exhausted.  He had a positive long term impact on his students which rippled among other students and affected younger upcoming students.

      His approach and experience was, of course, unique but it was an inspiring example of success.  Every gifted teacher has their own way of working toward their goals.

      My belief is that no one can simply be taught to be an effective teacher.  It requires some kind of innate ability to communicate and a desire to share the love of discovery.  I admire such gifted people.

      You're one of these gifted teachers, Ken.  You and many others will benefit from your decision to take on this challenge.

      "Evil is a lack of empathy, a total incapacity to feel with their fellow man." - Capt. Gilbert,Psychiatrist, at the end of Nuremberg trials.

      by 417els on Fri Nov 16, 2012 at 01:07:25 AM PST

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      •  all of my students & parents will have my Phone# (2+ / 0-)
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        and my email

        I do not know how often they may call, but I have always tried to make myself accessible

        I expect to be a mix of within the structure and out of the box.  Let me explain.  For many of the students who really lack skills and self-control first we have to provide a consistent enough framework to scaffold them as they learn skills and self-control.  But I am unique and I want them to understand they are unique, so even within that overall framework I can promise I will be very far from rigid.

        "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

        by teacherken on Fri Nov 16, 2012 at 04:39:04 AM PST

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