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    reply to just wondering
    By Brendi

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    Well, to tell you the truth, I work in Mississippi(my starting out pay is only $23,000 the first year). I was about to think I'd be better off working at Wal-Mart. I had 30 kids in my homeroom and 15 out of that 30 had failed at least one grade. I had one student threaten to hit me, another student told me he would shoot me and the rest of the teachers (this one was sent to alternative school), some students just flat told me that they were not going to do what I told them to do. I would say that most of the reasons I sent them to the office were pretty servere. I was told by my principal to give them 3 checks and then send them to him. I do think I had to send way too many in the beginning. My kids didn't care about discipline. I would make the students in my homeroom sit on the hill and watch all the others at recess (they could not go or speak to anyone),and they still didn't care. They usually always sit on the hill. I tried to get the parents to come in for a conference, but they'd never show. I guess that's why I had problems with the students to begin with. I don't want to make it sound like I totally blame the parents for their behavior because some of my parents work 3rd shifts from 11;00 till 7;00 in the morning. They are just trying to pay their bills, but I had a student tell me she never saw her parents unless it was on weekends. She was 11 and always left alone after school. I truely wanted to help these kids. Some of them I eventually reached, some I didn't. Oh, and I really don't want Mississippi to sound like a bad place to teach either. The people I work with couldn't be better or more supportive. I may not make a lot of money, but there are many things about what I do that's worth more than any old paycheck.

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