It Won’t Be Easy: An Exceedingly Honest (and Slightly Unprofessional) Love Letter to Teaching

It Won't Be Easy: An Exceedingly Honest (and Slightly Unprofessional) Love Letter to Teaching Author Tom Rademacher
ISBN-10 151790112X
ISBN-13 9781517901127
Year 2017-04-25
Pages 192
Language English
Publisher Univ Of Minnesota Press
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Tom Rademacher wishes someone had handed him this sort of book along with his teaching degree a clear eyed frank boots on the ground account of what he was getting into But first he had to write it And as 2014s Minnesota Teacher of the Year Rademacher knows what hes talking about Less a how to manual than a tribute to an impossible and impossibly rewarding profession It Wont Be Easy captures the experience of teaching in all its messy glory The book follows a year of teaching with each chapter tackling a different aspect of the job Pulling no punches and resisting no punch lines he writes about establishing yourself in a new building teaching meaningful classes keeping students a priority investigating how race gender and identity affect your work and why its a good idea to keep an extra pair of pants at school Along the way he answers the inevitable and the unanticipated questions from what to do with Google to how to tell if youre really a terrible teacher to why Keep your head down might well be the worst advice for a new teacher Though directed at prospective and newer teachers It Wont Be Easy is mercifully short on jargon and long on practical wisdom accessible to anyoneteacher student parent punditwho is interested in a behind the curtain look at teaching and willing to understand that while there are no simple answers there is power in learning to ask the right questions