Teacher retention is a… challenge – ‘challenge’ here meaning ‘nightmare-of-impossibility-dear-god-what-are-we-going-to-do?!?’
The below is a slightly edited version of something I wrote and posted almost four years ago. I stumbled across it again this morning and realized it might be pretty good advice - for me, four years later.
Dear Engaged, Sincere, Loving, Active Parent(s):
I just finished my twentieth year in the classroom. In that time, I’ve had a decent variety of kids from a wide range of circumstances. Every one of them has his or her own issues, own strengths, own styles, and own reasons for doing what they do however they do it.
I have not told half of what I saw. (Marco Polo on his death bed, when encouraged to retract some of his crazy stories before facing judgement)
It’s unlikely that Polo actually observed firsthand everything he claimed... (Every Polo biographer since then)