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ERIC Number: EJ863925
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Dec
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0013-127X
Anna's Class: Experiences of a First-Year Teacher
Short, Dave
Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, v75 n4 p28-31 Dec 2009
When the author's 25-year-old daughter Anna applied for a job as a secretary at a charter public school in the Rio Bravo neighborhood of Albuquerque, the principal thought she was overqualified for the job with her degree from St. John's College in Santa Fe. The principal instead asked her to take over for a teacher who was quitting her 6th grade class. Anna was flattered by the offer, tempted by the slightly higher paycheck, and began consulting with her father and other family members who are teachers. The students in the 6th grade class at El Camino Real charter school had gone through four classroom teachers before Anna, so the teachers advising her, including her father, told her it would be hard. Any group of students with that much upheaval in the classroom is both chaotic and desperate for some stability. There is no way to prepare a person for how it feels to try to impose order on such a mess. In this article, the author describes the experiences of Anna as a first-year teacher and how she successfully found a way to teach and connect with a difficult class.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 6
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Mexico