Tom Rademacher


Guest Blogger

Minnesota Teacher of the Year in 2014

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Tom Rademacher (Mr. Rad to his students) is an English teacher in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In May of 2014 he was named Minnesota Teacher of the Year. He teaches writing and writes about teaching on his blog.

His book, “IT WON’T BE EASY: An Exceedingly Honest (and Slightly Unprofessional) Love Letter to Teaching” will be released April 2017 from the University of Minnesota Press.


Posted Mar. 20, 2017

Hey Principals, When You Lose Good Teachers, That’s on You

Principals, if you lose good teachers from your school at the end of this year, then you are screwing up. Principals,…

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Posted Feb. 17, 2017

Teaching Is About So Much More Than a Job. My Mom and Great-Grandma Taught Me That.

Tom Rademacher is one of the three founding teachers of #LoveTeaching week. For more information on #LoveTeaching, including ideas on…

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Posted Feb. 14, 2017

Just Listen to How People Talk About Their Favorite Teacher and You’ll See Why I #LoveTeaching

The following is an excerpt from Tom Rademacher’s book, It Won’t Be Easy: An Exceedingly Honest (and Slightly Unprofessional) Love…

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Posted Oct. 24, 2016

My Name Is Tom. I’ve Been a Teacher for 10 Years and I Still Get My Ass Kicked Nearly Every Day.

No, it won’t be easy. It won’t be easy during your first year or your second. It won’t be easy…

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Posted July 26, 2016

VIDEO: Calling a Teacher a Leader Is Not Enough

The following was delivered as a speech to the Minneapolis Teach to Lead Summit. Video of the speech is included…

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Posted Sep. 3, 2015

If You Care About Kids, I Am With You

Last year, a guy moved in across the hall from me to teach physics (everyone’s favorite). He didn’t have a…

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Posted Apr. 24, 2015

Teacher of the Year: Why He Wanted to Quit, and Why He Didn’t

Every year, somewhere around this time, I decide to quit teaching. I get exhausted with teaching, with the adults I…

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Posted Mar. 27, 2015

Our Students Are Talking But We’re Not Listening

“So, do I just give zeros to the kids who slept through the final?” This was a serious question posed…

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Posted Feb. 17, 2015

Teachers Can’t Wait to Build a ‘More Perfect Union’

My union story is pretty typical. My mom worked her way through school and a special education license. My dad…

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Posted Mar. 30, 2017

This Mom Went to Jail Making Sure Her Son Received a High-Quality Education and She Would Do It All Over Again

It’s been five years since Tanya McDowell made national headlines after she was charged with larceny for “stealing an education” for her son. Even with some…

By Megan DeSombre

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Posted Mar. 29, 2017

Betsy, Can We Really ‘Uber’-ize Public Education? Here‘s Why That‘s a Terrible Idea.

This morning, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos delivered a keynote address at the Brookings Institution for the Center on Children and Families’ release of its fifth…

By Madison Gray

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Posted Mar. 29, 2017

Coffee Break: E4E on Entering a New Chapter and Working on Reform From the Inside Out

Recently, the teacher-led reform group Educators for Excellence (E4E) announced a rebranding that includes an updated set of core principles and a new look for…

By Peter Cunningham

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