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Tales from the classroom, from uplifting to unsettling

Over in the community section, three city teachers have posts straight from the classroom for you to read as you get your vacation started.

First up is high school English as a second language teacher Arthur Goldstein who describes how his students responded when he accused another teacher of assaulting the principal. Then, Bronx middle school teacher Tracy Dunne-Derrell writes about the pleasant surprise she got this fall when she asked her sixth-graders to write 6,000-word novels — in a month. Finally, elementary school teacher Ruben Brosbe recalls the disturbing answers his students sometimes offer, so long as he asks them the right questions.

Are you a teacher (or principal, or parent, or …) with something to say? Let us know if you’d like to contribute to the community section in 2010.