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  •  Being a middle school teacher, (2+ / 0-)
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    duck, Pumpkinlove

    I'd imagine you probably teach 5 periods, and have about 30 in every class.

    If so, you have way too heavy a load to much help a kid like "Todd," who is probably hurting for healthy attention he isn't getting at home--I'd guess.

    That's a hard one right there. What do you do? I agree with education reformers of all stripes, who say we sorely need smaller classes. Maybe way smaller.

    •  You are right (2+ / 0-)
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      xxdr zombiexx, karmsy

      Every year, I see about three Todds out of my 150.  2%.  They are often, though not always, special education students.  

      Most of their parents have given up on these kids... sometimes we've seen older siblings who do fine and sometimes we've seen older siblings with the same problems.  It isn't always poor parenting.

      Some of them need to be removed to an EH classroom.

      They are inevitably poor.  The parents of rich children can afford private schools or lawyers to force homebound schooling.

      How did I live without him?

      by Pumpkinlove on Thu May 08, 2008 at 09:13:55 AM PDT

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