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[teacherartexchange] student teachers

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From: Jean Womack (jeaneger_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Mon Nov 13 2006 - 11:08:09 PST


The first thing a student teacher has to understand is that some students
are capable of violence against a teacher they don't like. The ability to
behave in a way that insures your own safety is the first requirement of
teaching. The students are there because they have to be, not because they
want to be, as in a college, or perhaps a suburban environment. So perhaps
student teachers are safer in a suburban environment, until they acquire the
management techniques they need to survive in the urban jungle. Like, for
example, ASKING students to do things, instead of commanding them to do
things, while they are in the process of developing enough loyalty to you
personally, that they are willing to do work for you without getting paid
for it.

Jean Womack
Richmond, CA

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