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"Matthew NeedlemanAs a teacher, I no longer feel like I need to control everything my second-grade students do. I can now allow them to work independently in groups. I provide opportunities for students to work collaboratively, and I let them talk while they write. Students are now interested to be in my classroom, and behavior problems have diminished."

--Mathew Needleman, Brentwood Science Magnet School
Los Angeles, California
8 years of teaching

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