teacher-student relationships

Little Things: Why I Teach

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Throughout my career, I’ve been asked numerous times, “Why do you teach?” This question is usually followed by one or more comments along the lines of observations of poor pay, crowded classrooms, lack of motivation on the part of students, lack of involvement on the part of parents, and lack of understanding on the part […]

Kindergarteners Carried

first day of kindergarten

Scores of moms and dads clung to the fence surrounding the kindergarten building shouting, amid tears, last-minute advice and terms of endearment. “I love you, honey!” “Be good, my little one!” “Listen and learn, baby!” “Don’t cry, sweetie! I promise to pick you up after school!” The teachers lined their charges up effortlessly using their […]