I left the K-12 classroom almost 18 years ago. All of what Kris L. Nielsen writes about here was well on its way to St. Paul Public Schools. This letter brilliantly reflects the sentiments of colleagues who stayed as well as a large number of the accomplished teachers I met as Teacher-in-Residence for the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. And here, at SMU, what’s that over there? The camel’s nose under the tent.
Certain groups stick with you, sometimes for no reason you can quite put a finger on. The best class of I ever had: a group of sixth graders, back in St. Paul, back in the mid 80s. No stars that I remember, no particularly bad apples either. It was one of those groups which just… gelled. We laughed every day and everyone was in on the joke. Even the bad days with that group were pretty good days. One of the best years in my career.