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Trevor Barton - October 16, 2012
During my first year as a second-grade teacher, I struggled with classroom management. I am a soft-spoken person by nature and habit. I didn't have the experience to help me set up great rules and procedures for my students. My classroom was noisy and chaotic. I think you could hear us all around the school.
Carrie Craven - October 16, 2012
More than half the students in my middle school receive special education services or some extra help for academics or behavior. We polled our student leadership to find out the biggest issues in school. They said, “Cliques.”
Kathleen Melville - October 15, 2012
I hate sheet protectors. Those shiny, clear plastic sheaths have no place in my classroom. When my new ninth-graders hand in their summer reading logs each September, the first thing I do is remove and return all the sheet protectors. They make it impossible for me to maintain my neat stacks of student work. They don’t quite fit into the file folders I use to transport those stacks home to grade them. I have to remove them before I can write any feedback.
Teaching Tolerance Staff - October 15, 2012
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Jan S. Gephardt - October 15, 2012
Greg arrived at my art room after school to pick up a bulky project. He seemed down. “Is everything ok?” I asked.
Teaching Tolerance Staff - October 12, 2012
There are so many ways to mix up student seating at lunch that it can be difficult to consider them all. Don’t let this be a stumbling block. The outcome is the same, no matter the path that gets you there—You want to get students to sit with different people at lunch, and you want them to have a conversation so they get to know each other a bit.
Mónica Ramirez - October 12, 2012
As a child I asked my father whether there was someone like Martin Luther King Jr. who had fought for Latino rights. “Yes,” he said, and told me that his name was César Chávez. My father, a former farmworker who had toiled in the agricultural fields from childhood until adulthood, taught me about César Chávez, Dolores Huerta and the farmworker struggle.
Sara Schmidt - October 10, 2012
In an ideal world, our students would be safe to openly be who they are at all times. Since the world we live in is far from ideal, we must support our students’ rights to privacy and trust them to make the decision to reveal their sexuality when they feel the time is right.