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There is No Such Thing as a Reading Level: A middle school teacher's foreword to her students' new book "Broken Keys Don't Unlock Doors"

There is No Such Thing as a Reading Level: A middle school teacher's foreword to her students' new book "Broken Keys Don't Unlock Doors"

"Ms. Clay teach too fast. Don't she know we the dumb class?," she wrote in her life-book journal. The prompt was to recall your biggest take-aways from what was explored in Humanities that week, which also happened to be my first week of teaching them.

Whenever I notice students beginning to struggle with identifying their biggest takeaways, I usually ask questions like, "Five years from now, what will you remember about what you learned?" Not five years from now, not ten years, not ever, will I forget her last four words, "we the dumb class."

Before I go any further, it is vital to note: This book was developed by the youth,...

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