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Pilar Fabery

Grade: 1–2

Location: Lowell, MA

Setting: Urban

Years Teaching: 8

What's your biggest challenge in teaching?

I think my biggest struggle is to meet all the students' needs. I think it's very difficult when you have 16, 20, 25 children, to teach them individually. I don't think you can do that unless you're a very good teacher. And if you are, please tell me how you find the time to do it! I always struggle with making sure I know the students well enough so that I can take them to the next step, so that I can move them beyond what they already know. Sometimes, though, when I assume they know something, and try to take them to the next step, I realize that maybe I should have started with the basics.

What has been your biggest surprise about teaching?

My biggest surprise about teaching has been how hard it is. In order to be a very good teacher, you have to work very hard and be proficient in so many different areas. It takes a lot of planning, and commitment to continued professional development.

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