See Me After Class by Roxanna Elden
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It’s been almost twenty years since I taught in a K-12 classroom and more than a dozen years since I last supervised student teachers. So, readers probably appreciate that I tend not to have a lot to say when it comes to classroom instruction.
But I recently picked up a new book, Roxanna Elden’s See Me After Class: Advice for Teachers by Teachers, which I wish had been around when I started teaching. Elden, a teacher down in Miami-Dade, skips the treacle and talks straight, with a heavy dose of practicality, a dash of cynicism, and wry humor. I dug it, and recommend it.
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“Elden covers topics with the humor so necessary for a teacher’s survival, among them classroom management, creating a teacher persona, reviving lessons that flop, troublemakers, what principals expect, and the downside high-stakes tests. This would be a great gift for a new teacher, or someone studying to become one.”
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“Elden’s book… is a useful, empathetic guide to weathering the first-year lumps. The author jokes that this book is not chicken soup, but rather “Hard Liquor for the Teacher’s Soul.” I’d peg it somewhere in between— perhaps a frothy, satisfying Guinness for the teacher’s soul.”
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P.S. Dan Brown is also the author of my favorite first-year teacher memoir: The Great Expections School.
“Basically, this book rocks. Roxanna, who is hilarious (Dave Barry gave a quote for the front of her book y’all…that qualifies as officially sanctioned funny in my book), gives practical, manageable, do-able advice for new teachers. She talks about things like how to set up your “piles and files”, how to manage all the procedural paperwork and friends, there’s even a before school starts shopping list. A LIST! You know I was sold when I saw that the book included actual lists.”
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“While Neil Armstrong no doubt experienced some fear and loneliness as the first person to set foot on the moon, many educators say it couldn’t compare to the feeling on day one of a teaching career, when you close the classroom door and are alone with your first class — and your self-doubts. Often, young teachers struggle so much in the beginning of their careers they wonder if they have what it takes to be educators at all.”
In the four years it took Hialeah High School teacher Roxanna Elden to publish her new book, See Me After Class, she received dozens of rejection letters, but where others might have found disappointment, she saw something more. Each letter, she noticed, was more detailed than the previous one. “No” became “maybe next time.” She collected all the letters in a packet and passed them out to students in her creative writing class to show them what writers have to go through.
“You have to know what progress looks like,” said Elden, 30, a language arts and creative writing instructor at Hialeah High since 2004. “Sometimes, it comes in the form of more personal rejection letters.” (click here to read this in the Miami Herald.)
“In her book See Me After Class: Advice for Teachers by Teachers, Roxanna Elden sets out to provide teachers with that special brand of inspiration that teachers often need when the demands of the profession prove overwhelming.” TeachersCount.Org
“Elden has collected sage advice from experienced teachers, but even more useful, she gets them to admit their abject failures with wry humor and grace.” (Earlyword.com)
New teachers, take heart — you’re not alone.
“….While this book is a good buy for new teachers, it is also a valuable read for veteran teachers. Who says you can’t teach an old dog (or teacher, as it were) new tricks?”
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