After completing my teacher training at university, I soon found myself in the role of full-time mother. So when my youngest child began high school years later, I was more than delighted to accept a teaching position at a primary school in my area. Through experience with my own children at school, I was not surprised to find that issues such as behavior management and developing a supportive school environment were now the primary focus of teaching.

My second week in the classroom, I attempted to intercept two sparring nineand ten-year-olds. One of them was attempting to injure the younger with a pair of scissors, which I tried to confiscate. In the process, the older boy became antagonized and closed the scissors forcefully on my finger, cutting it severely. This situation called for immediate action. Not only was I in pain and bleeding profusely, I had a class of children for whom I was responsible. I closed the wound with my fingers and quietly went to the staff room, where a fellow staff member washed and dressed the wound.

July 25, 2005

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