I currently have a bachelor degree in a technical field and I am in the process of beginning my graduate program for secondary education in math. I'm extremely excited about this opportunity! But...I have one concern. There is a grant program allowing me to attend this program for free, plus stipend, in return for 3 years of service working in a low income public school. I have been warned that these schools are more like zoos than a learning environment and I want to face this as a challenge to hopefully reach out to my future students in a positive and encouraging manner. Do any of you have any experience in a low income school with students from difficult backgrounds? What effective teaching techniques did you use to reach them better? Any suggestions or advice for me? Thanks!