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My first year at the middle school I started my club called :
the "A" Team. This was a group of 7th and 8th grade students who would meet
twice a month for 1 and 1/2 hours to help me with some of my work around the
school. Put up and take down displays, design bulletin boards, make
decorations for dances etc... I required the following of all interested
*Must be passing All classes with a "C" or better.
*Must have 3 letters of recommendation from 3 teachers
*Must write a short paragraph on why he/she would like to be
part of the "A" team.
This worked out nicely -till the special ed teacher got a hold of this and
thought it would be cool for her students to be involved in this. It became
an ENORMOUS amount of work for me and much frustration since their quality of
work was lower than I would allow. I ended up dissolving the club and
quietly selected a few students to "help" me at various times during and
It would be cool to have a club: had plans to design and screenprint our
own shirts etc... but this added responsibility is not a PAID one and I don't
need ANOTHER thing to organize and orchestrate. Our school has a large
population of special ed students that are mainstreamed throughout my
classes- and have no problem teaching them during school - I just don't have
the patience to work with them on my own time. Am I a bad person?
Kathy in Kalamazoo
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