From my blog on Chicago Now:
My last year of teaching public school was the most challenging year I had ever had. It was a year of redistricting, teachers were moved to different schools unwillingly, and students who were in their last year of elementary school were scattered throughout district lines. Parents were upset, teachers were angry, and the students didn’t feel at ease until a few months into the year.
Personally, I wanted to change grades. At the time, I was teaching 4th and I wanted to move to 6th grade. Many of the students I had 2 years prior were going to the school in which I was moving. I was excited to have many of the same kids in my class again.
The year started off with many mixed emotions between everyone. The teachers were trying to make the best of their new situations, and the students had a fair amount of adjusting to do. The kids were separated from many of their friends, their routine was turned over, and the school they loved so much was now a distant memory. As this was their last year in elementary school, many were simply longing for their usual environment.
Read more here: http://www.chicagonow.com/educators-diary/2012/07/you-care-too-much-a-teachers-experience-on-dealing-with-bullying/ and find out how you can contribute to ending this cycle…A new project is going live Monday. Kids and adults can participate.
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