See Me After Class by Roxanna Elden
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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.
“This is not Chicken Soup for the Teacher’s Soul,” writes Roxanna Elden (Houston ‘02). “It’s more like ‘Hard Liquor for the Teacher’s Soul.‘” Maybe that’s an exaggeration, but it captures the unsentimental tone of See Me After Class, an acerbic guidebook for novice teachers. A grab bag of advice, anecdotes, horror stories, and tales of triumph, See Me After Class offers straightforward professional advice with a wry twist.
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.
Click here to read the article on Rick Hess Straight Up.