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Reunion: My Dinner with David

The integrity of the classroom is what makes possible all that is fine and rare in teaching, Ms. Juska says. Its absence clears the way for banality and mediocrity. No wonder David asks himself whether he can continue to teach in a public high school, whether he wouldn’t be more useful elsewhere.

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Observations

While Ms. Juska has seen her classroom through her principal’s eyes, she doesn’t think that he has seen it through hers.

The Writing Process Goes to San Quentin

The writing prompts that the 15 lifers like best are the ones Ms. Juska, and eventually they, make up on the spot. They go like this: “Give me a color.” “Red.” “Give me a body part.” “Teeth.” “Give me some weather.” “Thunder.” “Let’s write.”