Friday, April 21, 2006

The Day Job: Substitute Teaching

This week I was a special education (reading intervention) teacher for three days at an elementary school. The kids were a group of really sweet reluctant readers.

Teaching has changed a lot since I got my first taste of it 20 years ago. Unfortunately, many teachers have to pick up a great deal of slack for parents who are either absent or underqualified at raising children. While helping kids think of sentences to compose for their journals you can learn a lot about their backgrounds. One 3rd grader asked me "How do you spell 'heart', like 'my dad was shot in the heart'?"

Mr. G is here to help.

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