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  •  Sometimes it is like that with our students. (3+ / 0-)
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    One day they go home and never come back.  I try to tell myself it isn't just me.

    Teacher's Lounge opens every Saturday between 11 am and noon. It's not just for teachers.

    by rserven on Sat Apr 21, 2007 at 01:18:29 PM PDT

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    •  I am sure it isn't you (3+ / 0-)
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      But I understand the worry since I used to do that all the time...asking myself what I could have done
      differently when I was teaching both day and night school.  

      Then, I said to myself, "Well, at least I taught them as much as I could while they were here and I smiled at them and spoke with them on break."

      Often, I would hear that it was a job problem or they had moved. But I always tried to think of something I could do better next time.

      Many times they came back and tried again. We had a whole wall of graduation pictures of our "troops" in our main office that kept us going.

      "Other cultures are not failed attempts at being you. They are unique manifestations of the human spirit." Wade Davis

      by cfk on Sat Apr 21, 2007 at 01:42:08 PM PDT

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      •  We have a program here... (3+ / 0-)
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        ...here we are very proud of:

        The Kellman Course of the Humanities at Bloomfield College provides free college-level classes to low income adult students and gives them an opportunity to study masterpieces in the humanities. Through this experience Kellman students realize the possibilities of educational opportunity, citizenship, social advancement, and personal fulfillment.

        If you click through and look at the pics, Delores Saunders was one of my students.  She's even older than me.

        Teacher's Lounge opens every Saturday between 11 am and noon. It's not just for teachers.

        by rserven on Sat Apr 21, 2007 at 01:48:52 PM PDT

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        •  It affects the whole family (2+ / 0-)
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          top down when adults receive more education.

          Unfortunately, our state under Engler turned its back on those over 20 despite knowing how it lifted up the whole family.  We still have a few, but we don't get paid much and the lower ages have to carry them.

          Congrats on your school's program!!  We had a lady in her late 60's who went on to college.

          "Other cultures are not failed attempts at being you. They are unique manifestations of the human spirit." Wade Davis

          by cfk on Sat Apr 21, 2007 at 02:04:31 PM PDT

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        •  That is a great feature! (4+ / 0-)
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          And yes, if there is anyone who needs a bit of hand-holding and mentoring, it's the non-traditional student. People who have been out of school for twenty years are often really terrified of being back in the classroom, because they see the penalties for failure so much more clearly than teenagers do.

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