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    I believe my students learned as I learned along with them.

    And I would hope that it remains even after years of teaching.

    One of the joys of homeschooling my kids has been my own growth in learning. I have learned so much that I actually am beginning to wonder why I didn't learn more of it when I was in school. But better late than never, right?

    And their excitement has always made it easier for me to want to explore more. I can only imagine how hard it must be to teach a class of kids who aren't excited to be there. I would struggle everyday if I had to do that.

    •  Actually you would be surprised (1+ / 0-)
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      at how your honest and authentic enthusiasm for learning is contagious.  In the beginning of any school year, you have to gain their trust.  That is, they have to see your authenticity.  And you have to establish your leadership, your ability to be the leader and even at times, a strong dictatorial one.  But honestly I have done in in poor, low socioeconomic areas.

      Not saying that I have gotten to 100% of the students 100% of the time because as I said in my comment, that's not reality.

      But maybe one of my diaries will be about my "pollyanna" year...the year I became the teacher I knew I would one day be.

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