This week as I started watching the beginning of the fourth season of The Wire, I can’t help but to reflect on…

1. My first year of teaching in Baltimore City with real chalkboards and san air conditioning & technology (including calculators).

2. I remember back  in 2002 when Mayor O’ Reilly kicked off the Baltimore Believe campaign to lift the spirits of the citizens.

Funny as we go into battle training mode for high-stakes testing, we need to BELIEVE that our students can and will achieve. Also, first year teachers at this time are probably making career decisions based on their experiences from the past eight months. They too must continue to BELIEVE in themselves that they also are important in their craft in making valuable contributions to our children; and are valued for what they do.