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    I am a veteran but not burnt out teacher. If I were to approach you to give you a rundown on my former students, it is because it can help to have some idea where a child is coming from and what has been done to try to help them in the past. Last year I had a student who had significant behavior issues in the past. Some kids in the class could be given a little more latitude. This child had been known to hit other children and use very inapporpriate language in class. I had to be firm and consistent with him and make sure that he was aware that it would not be tolerated. We worked very hard on improving his behavior all year. Because I had been in the school and knew what he was like, I could use some of the strategies that had been efective in the past. Yes, I reallze that children grow and change. But it can be helpful to have a background. I've had kids who have had tough family situations to deal with. Knowing this can help me be more supportive from the start.

    So there are several reasons why I will try to give the next teacher a rundown. That does not mean that I am burnt out. Just trying to help the next teacher best help my former students.

    And don't believe everything they tell you in college.

    Good luck and have a wonderful school year.

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