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The Stumbling, Humbling Job of Working with Students (teenagers)
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I spend roughly eight hours five days a week with teenagers.  This is my job as a high school English teacher.  I love my job and it is rewarding, but I do have some observations about working with teenagers. It’s often thankless.   Teenagers don’t say thank you for speaking truth into their lives.  I was a pretty decent teenager: no rebellion, good grades,...

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How to Say You’re Sorry
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She was uncouth, to say the least. Big, crude, often crass.  Once when a beloved student was in the hospital with a life-threatening concern, she wondered out loud whether school would be canceled if a student died.  For this reason she wasn’t always received well by her classmates. She was loud in her joys and sorrows. She needed a lot of attention. She didn’t...

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All Shall Be Well
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“The novel we sit down to write, and the one we end up writing may be very different, just as the Jesus we grasp and the Jesus who grasps us may also differ.”  Madeleine L’Engle, Walking On Water   “When we were children, we used to think that when we were grown-up we would no longer be vulnerable. But to grow up is to...

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