Its hard to imagine a successful first year teaching experience in the inner city

Its hard to imagine a successful first year teaching experience in the inner city

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Inner City Hope Chelsea Brown It’s hard to imagine a successful first year teaching experience in the inner city. I could plan exciting lessons for my class and try to get to know the students to gain their respect but the impact I will make will be minimal at best. The education system in inner city schools seems to be a hopeless endeavor to me. Walking into the classroom my students will have had teachers just like me who have tried to change the way things work and I’m sure they will have many more in their years to come but to these kids these teachers just don’t matter. Education in their lives is not their top priority. When they leave the classroom they are faced with broken homes, lackluster parents, dangerous neighborhoods and sadly more violence than most people have seen in their whole lives. In reality, why should these students even want to listen to me? They don’t know anything about me nor do I have any clue about them. As their teacher I would be attempting to walk into that classroom with the expectation of their utmost attention
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This note was uploaded on 05/05/2009 for the course ILR 2050 taught by Professor Larrykatz during the Spring '09 term at Cornell.

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