Report from the Field – Tim Geerlings

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  1. “And the effect on a lot of kids with IEP’s: The Special Ed teachers and parents both remark that they are surprised those kids are doing so well (getting A’s) in Spanish, when they expected it to be really hard.”

    I’m absolutely convinced that Special Ed teachers are the way to bring CI mainstream. CI is true inclusion and it’s starting to get noticed….

    1. I turned down a different job in another district last year (spring of 2015) to take my middle school position. I turned down a full time French job where I would have been the whole department. I regret it at times now, given what I am dealing with with the teachers from our feeder high school, aka the “Harvard of Portland”, and from parents more concerned with their kids’ ability to attain full IB and then launch into Ivies (or Ivies of the West like the Claremont consortium and Stanford) than their happiness or even language abilities… honestly, it is really just my love of middle schoolers that keeps me going. It is so zany in class and I love my kids! I have spent the past eleven years in seventh grade and I love it. It’s my favorite grade by far (and the grade I deem most likely to get sympathy from other adults when you mention that is your job!) they are growing a LOT, and I *DO* make $10K more a year than I would have in the other district. But still, being the whole four-year program seems NICE. Really nice. I would reccommend it to a friend.

      1. As much as I wouldn’t blame you for taking a job for the sake of your mental health and professional growth, I’m glad you did take that job in lil Harvard of Portland because you are the catalyst of change there, Tina! And the change will have its ripple effects.

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