A Fresh Start Leads to Learning

Last year's class, my twenty-third, was the most challenging of my teaching career. Most of the students were quite young for fifth grade, and several had a history of severe behavior problems. The result was a classroom like a popcorn popper—one student's outburst would set off a flurry of others. A schedule that kept us in the classroom for three-and-a-half hours straight before lunch only made things worse.
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