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    teacherken, ladybug53, George3

    realize that you may not see the same number of students being successful that you are used to seeing in your former school.  Don't let that pull you down.  You will make a tremendous difference to a lot of them, and some of it won't show up for a while.  

    Hang in there and accept that you are helping a group of children that even good, caring teachers are reluctant to teach because of the new "accountability" dictating that low scores on standardized tests can mean losing a teaching job. Teachers with young families to support have to really think about that.  You, as a retired teacher with financial stability, can afford the risk and it sounds like you have administration that will be supportive.  

    •  I have had SOME such students in the past (5+ / 0-)
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      RainyDay, Just Bob, ladybug53, George3, melo

      but they were included in a school that was more middle class, which often works wonders for such kids because of the peer relationships.

      I remarked to a fellow teacher today that for all the rhetoric about no child left behind these children are already behind before they come to school because of the inequities in our society.

      "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

      by teacherken on Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 11:21:09 AM PST

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