This will be my last year teaching in the hospital -- here are 3 things I learned
This is from Joe Bower's blog, For the Love of Learning, June 17, 2014, who noted earlier that 'teaching in a children's psychiatric assessment unit has forever changed my perspective on what matters most.'
3. Great teachers can do a lot -- overcoming poverty or inequity is not one of them. I've worked hard over my 15 years of teaching to become pretty darn good at it. I'm not great everyday, but I'm great more days than I'm not and I was humbled daily by factors that are completely out of my control such as poverty, abuse, neglect and mental health problems.
When I say that poverty and inequity matters, I am not making excuses, and I am not saying that poor children can't learn. What I am saying is that poverty and inequity stunts potential growth and explains why so many children struggle to learn and teachers struggle to teach.
Great teachers make great schools, but great teachers canĂ˘€™t do it alone -- they require the support of an equitable society.
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