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One way to jump-start your conversation is just to start telling each other frank stories about your lives in classrooms. To convey an image of those conversations, we took events that happened to us in classrooms and wrote talks that we wish we could have had at the time.

Devin makes a mistake and doesn't die. Devin was embarrassed to tell his mentor teacher about a mistake he made in the classroom, but discovered an opportunity in that error.

Molly makes a mess. When the lesson ended many of the children were wet and Molly was mortified. Her mentor Ryan helps her climb down off the wall and get back into the game.

Sara and her mentor disagree. Sara formed strong feelings about an event in her classroom. Her mentor disagreed with her interpretation of events. Even so, they continued to work together.

The boy who was bored. A sophomore boy told Jan Murray in certain terms that what she was doing in the classroom was "boring." Her mentor helped her consider alternative responses.

The mentor and the library project. Bob James was a little surprised when his mentor teacher offered a story of juniors wandering aimlessly in the library.

Students show minds of their own. Sharon knew what she wanted the students to conclude about the plot of the story, but they argued with her about their and her interpretations.