LISTENING AND LEARNING TOGETHER

A fifth-grade teacher looks forward to returning to the classroom.

Erich Marthaler teaches girls and boys between nine and eleven years of age in the fifth grade of an elementary school in San Luis Obispo. California. Kim Shippey invited him to talk about some of the challenges—and joys—of starting a new school year.

Let's talk first about your situation as a teacher. What's going through your mind as you get ready to return to the classroom?

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