[EDEQUITY] Discussion

From: Sheeran176@aol.com
Date: Thu Jun 01 2000 - 13:59:38 EDT

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    Last year I had the opportunity to teach at an area middle school. It had
    been over 25 years since I was in a classroom. The students quickly
    demonstrated that a courteous classroom climate was an assumption that
    no longer be taken as a given.

     For this group of students, identifying core values was a prerequisite to
    having an equitable classroom climate. If I had not taken the time for
    to identify and develop their own core values, as a group, I would never
    been able to use the equity strategies.

    Kids are a lot more street smart today. They don't sit back and blindly
    accept authority. However, they still identify the same values (honestly,
    kindness, trust, love, etc.) that most human respect. Adolescents don't
    to be different. Once their peer group identifies the values upon which
    classroom behavior will be built, this teacher found that equity strategies

    were no longer an uphill battle. The kids would actually help bring those
    silent students into discussion. What a joy for everyone.

    J. Sheeran

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