High School Teacher Converted by Students' Example

As a math teacher at Chaparral high school for seven years, I enjoyed the wonderful opportunity of getting to know hundreds of outstanding teenagers.  Because I was usually lecturing and answering questions, I was not able to learn much about the students’ backgrounds.  The bell would ring and they would be off to the next class.  In spite of this limitation, I still was able to identify some outstanding students, often by merely observing their interactions with each other and the faculty.  Yes, I must admit I developed a mental list of my favorites.

My inability to get to know more about the students’ backgrounds changed several years ago when the school administration started a new counseling program that allowed me to interview different students for about 20 minutes each day.

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