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24 February 2005: Second Time Around (3 of 6)

On the other hand, the general education (read: elementary) teacher gets to teach each lesson in her book exactly once per school year. The first day of school lasts all day, and there are 364 days between this one and the next time she will get the opportunity to try something new.

After just one year in the classroom, the young middle school teacher has potentially five times the experience as the young elementary teacher. Letís call this the Second Time Around phenomenon. And, by the way, this doesnít begin to account for the effects that time and distance can have on the elementary teacherís reflection process.

Seriously, it can get me down when I start to think about it this way. Well, at least it can get me thinking of getting a single subject credential.

teaching quote of the day

Tell me and I forget. Show me and I remember. Involve me and I understand.

- Chinese proverb

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