See Me After Class by Roxanna Elden
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“A great idea for required reading in teacher education classes.”
“The value (of this book) for a veteran teacher here is the realization that we are not alone. Not even close. For new teachers, Elden’s book is a valuable insider’s look into navigating the school environment – from dealing with parents, to paying attention to the politics of the administration (and colleagues), to remembering that one of the tenets of teaching is that the next day is a new day, and that can be a good thing.” -Reviewer Kevin Hodgson
Washington Teaching Ambassador Fellow Dan Brown introduced us to this video of National Board Certified Teacher Roxanna Elden giving teachers advice about the “Myth of the Super Teacher.” Read Brown’s blog and view the video of Elden’s humorous presentation, in which she proposes that teachers need more than “chicken soup” to survive the first year in a profession that “makes you or breaks you” very early on. Elden has a website for her book, See Me After Class, which Brown suggests is a must-read for new teachers.
“With disarming humor, Elden’s supremely practical book includes firsthand accounts from the trenches and helps new recruits figure out what no college prep class taught…”
“Elden’s book is unique in that it includes the voices of practicing teachers. While the core of the book is driven by her experiences, she surrounds her advice by stories of success and failure from lots and lots of teachers. And many of those stories, apart from providing solace in some of your most frustrating moments as a new teacher, are pretty entertaining.”
“(Roxanna Elden) should write more books about teaching and should also have her own sitcom, or at least a guest appearance on Glee.”
-Elena Silva, on Education Sector’s analysis and ideas blog, The Quick and the Ed
“Reading this book, I immediately felt I had a sense of the author and that, as a teacher, she was on my side….Elden cares about kids. But she also cares about you and your mental and physical health. If you are somewhere in your first 3 years of teaching, you really should take a look at this book. You should especially get it if you are feeling like a total failure as a teacher. (If you don’t feel like a failure, write your own damn book.)…. it will give you heart.”
Click here to read the full review and check out Mr. Teachbad’s hilarious blog.
“…features the kind of pander-free straight talk that warms even my icy tundra of a heart.“
“Elden strips away the acronyms and fat that you might expect from a central office professional development binder, and leaves you with easily readable advice that you can take with you to next period, not some unimaginable place in the future.”
Click here to read the complete review and get a few laughs from RPOA’s hilarious blog.
“…a terrific handbook of non-traditional advice and perspectives on practice. An excellent reference for new teachers, it’s also engaging for grizzled veterans–I found myself reading long passages, snorting gently and nodding. In the end, I had to buy the book. You should, too.”
Click here to read the rest of the interview on Nancy Flanagan’s blog, Teacher in a Strange Land.