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Teaching in a Juvenile Prison
When people ask me where I teach, there is always a moment of hesitation before I respond. That moment of hesitation doesn’t come from an insecurity of my profession or any sort of lack in confidence, but that hesitation represents the questions that I know will inevitably come after I reveal that I am a high school teacher in a juvenile prison. I know, I know, there are probably a few quick judgments that pass through your mind: “Wow, that’s pretty cool!” “Oh my god, aren’t they dangerous? Are you scared?” or, my personal favorite, “You must not do any real teaching.” Yes, those are all comments that have been made to my face, but there are a few things you need to know about being a teacher for the young adults in the juvenile corrections system.