Sara Spavin has known since second grade that she wanted to be a teacher.
But it wasn't until she entered a new Winona State University-Rochester teacher training program that Spavin experienced the gulf that separates the theory of teaching from the practice. Flesh-and-blood children are not nearly as predictable as theoretical abstracts, and soon, Spavin was grappling with the challenges of today's classroom: What do you do when students don't do their homework? When they don't want to learn? When students come to school hungry?