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This is my first year here, after a non-managed class
for 2 years that tore the place up, and a retiree who
filled in part-time after that teacher left, so I
realize I am starting from square one to establish my
In my opinion, since I've been in this situation before, this is the real
problem. They are testing you. Stick to your ideals, while it will be
difficult in the beginning, it will get better, and the kids will appreciate
you and respect you in the end. Whatever you do, don't compromise what you
feel is most important, students do not respect that, and will remember. On
the other hand, some compromising (of less important things) can help kids
feel they have been heard and respected.
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