The Power of Listening to Your Students

I ran into a former student the other day. (This will happen more now that I live in the same community where I teach.) However, this random encounter was probably a lot less random than I had originally thought. It was almost five years ago that I had a knock on my classroom door that would forever change the way I treated my students. It was early in the morning before the buses had arrived, and before the halls were swarming with hormone filled teenagers. A female student (who shall remain unnamed because of the sensitive nature of the experience) asked...

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