The title of this article could just as easily have been "creating community with your students" or "the way teacher's really get compensated ."
Christy Stevens article touches on many of the points we have discussed in class, while at the same time, bridging our discussion towards that of socio-economic inequities, and the challenges of teaching students with emotional, learning, or behavior disorders.
Teaching in an alternative setting, and working with students who remind me of those mentioned in the article, made this article personal for me. In my practice, I have found students who are working class, and especially those with additional academic challenges, can get overwhelmed with the idea of fairness. To read this article and see how they responded when faced with a substitute who broke the norms they had created within the group, really hit home. I empathize with how let down they must have felt, and am inspired by the way they rallied to protect one another.
The most heartening paragraph was when the teacher was so supported by her administrator. I am sure all the hard work felt justified at that moment, not to mention the feeling of having tangible evidence that some of the lesson you work so hard to advance, have taken hold. These are the moments we teach for. Despite the fact that her students had to go through a difficult day, what they were able to accomplish as a team, and how much closer they must have ended up as a result of the eventual outcome seems a pretty fair trade to me.
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