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  •  I'm lower-middle class and teach kids (3+ / 0-)

    who tend to be either poor or affluent, one way or another.

    All of my classes are great! I teach at the college level although mainly (but not all) freshmen. Some work with language learners as well.

    I can't imagine what would lead me to quit teaching, ever, and I am literally dealing with an ongoing problem of a student who has called me sexist names and has continuously screamed at me for many days now. He doesn't dampen my enthusiasm one bit: the other 80-odd students are doing well.

    It's a profession to always have a long-game viewpoint in. I oppose any laptops and technology in my classrooms. Many have chalkboards and a transparency device that I use occasionally. Good teaching is about figuring out what is preventing an individual student from doing well, and then coming up with a plan to help them do well.

    I've only ever flunked two students in many years now. That's all I've had to. And I work 7 days a week, often all day long; my husband, who is a tenured professor, also does.

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    by mahakali overdrive on Tue Dec 03, 2013 at 09:21:45 PM PST

    •  Maybe it's time for that student to write a paper (1+ / 0-)
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      about the history of those words he keeps throwing around.

      Gentlemen, congratulations. You're everything we've come to expect from years of government training (Zed, MIB).

      by GreenMother on Wed Dec 04, 2013 at 06:09:31 AM PST

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    •  Garbage (1+ / 0-)
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      Your situation does not reflect the reality that many teachers experience. Your statement "good teaching is about figuring out what is preventing an individual student from doing well", sounds like something Michelle Rhee would say- it's nonsense.

      Some of the things that prevent students from doing well are: poverty, hunger, lack of parental involvement, poor work ethic, language barriers, developmental issues- etc. You do not solve many of these issues by simply changing a lesson plan, which is very difficult to do with thirty plus kids in a classroom. Your experience is not reflected by many outspoken teachers regarding this issue, some of them past Teachers of the Year. I could provide you links, but if you are as good as you say you are, I'm sure you can find them.

    •  I will counter (4+ / 0-)
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      your argument and say that I don't spend seven days working because no one should.

      also, I have two children, and I have more of a responsibility to them than I do my students, something that I have learned all too well.

      I love my students. I respect that they work for what they get. However, I know that I am not a miracle worker and that I cannot save them all, as I said, no matter what the storybooks say.

      "There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them." - Joseph Brodsky

      by Shakespeares Sister on Wed Dec 04, 2013 at 10:00:13 AM PST

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