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    Best Teaching Practices

    What No One Tells You About Teaching Middle School

    There are many things no one tells you about teaching middle school. Going into teaching (9 years ago) at this point, I am pretty sure I was living in a fantasy world about how I would be the next Erin Gruwell (Freedom Writers), Louanne Johnson (Dangerous Minds), or Jamie Escalante (Stand and Deliver). Well, those notions flitted out as quickly as they came. By the second full year of teaching, I realized this is not the movies. I already knew the pay would be crappy and my resources would be limited because I came from a family of teachers. Both my aunts taught elementary school, and my mother taught elementary…

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    Are we doing any work today?

    While I agonize over how to begin my first ever post on this blog, my thoughts keep turning over a question my student asked me on Friday: “Are we doing any work today?” My first reaction to this question was one of sarcasm and frustration, “Of course we’re doing work… this is school.” This quickly turned to anger, and I think to myself: This student hasn’t been in school for the past four days and the first question she asks is “Are we doing work?” What am I doing wrong? I think this speaks a lot to the current attitude towards education, particularly within inner-city public schools. Teachers are over…

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