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These are the best students

These are the best students
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The students we remember are happy, respectful and good-hearted, not necessarily the ones with the highest grades.

My rule for hormonal middle-schoolers:

My rule for hormonal middle-schoolers:
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Keep your hands where I can see them.

Follow this advice on how to have a happy teenager. 

My first year of teaching, a fifth-grader actually threw a chair at me

My first year of teaching, a fifth-grader actually threw a chair at me
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I saw him recently, and he told me he just graduated from college. That’s what makes it all worthwhile.

You do your job, I’ll do mine

You do your job, I’ll do mine
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I have parents who are CEOs of their own companies come in and tell me how to run my classroom. I would never think to go to their office and tell them how to do their jobs.

We don’t arrive at school ten minutes before your child does

We don’t arrive at school ten minutes before your child does
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And we don’t leave the minute they get back on the bus. Many of us put in extra hours before and after school.

We are not the enemy

We are not the enemy
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Parents and teachers really are on the same side.

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Kids lie

Kids lie
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The truth is simple: Your kid will lie to get out of trouble.

Encourage your child to keep reading

Encourage your child to keep reading
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That’s key to success in the classroom at any age.

Here are 10 books we bet you never knew were banned. 

It’s their homework, not yours

It’s their homework, not yours
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We can tell the difference between a parent helping their child with homework and doing it for them (especially when they’re clueless in class the next day).

Teaching is a calling

Teaching is a calling
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There’s not a teacher alive who will say she went into this for the money.

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