The Things I Can’t Teach Teachers Part 2

I cannot teach my soon-to-be-teachers the necessary tone, the proper words, for addressing a  student whose performance or attendance has suddenly and inexplicably dropped below any reasonable level of acceptance, just as I can't teach them the importance of (and difficulty of maintaining) eye contact with baffled or angry or exhausted parents.  I can't teach them to roll with the legal punches...
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The Things I Can’t Teach Teachers

I stand before a group of English Education majors, all future middle and high school teachers, dressed in my dark coat and purple tie, black cowboy boots and jeans.  As I describe the course on teaching methodologies in which they have enrolled, I try to cover everything they will have the opportunity to learn this semester.  (I say to them that these are the things "we" will be covering, but...
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