Tom Rademacher

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Minnesota Teacher of the Year in 2014

Minneapolis, Minnesota

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

His book, published by University of Minnesota Press, is called “IT WON’T BE EASY: An Exceedingly Honest (and Slightly Unprofessional) Love Letter to Teaching,” and you can order it now.

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Posted Nov. 6, 2017

I Shouldn’t Have to Go to a Conference of Black Male Educators to Realize How Essential They Are for Our Schools

For the first time in my life, I found myself in a room of hundreds of people, and there was…

By Tom Rademacher

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Posted Oct. 17, 2017

I Could Have Been a White Supremacist, and It’s Terrifying to Think About

The first racist thing I remember hearing is my dad calling the NBA “Blacksketball.” That sort of mega-witty racial humor…

By Tom Rademacher

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Posted Sep. 7, 2017

The Way We Teach Sex in Schools Is Terrible. Just Ask My Wife, a Sex Therapist.

I am a middle-school language arts teacher. My wife is a certified sex therapist and educator (and author of a…

By Laura Rademacher, Tom Rademacher

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Posted Aug. 24, 2017

I’m a Teacher and I Don’t Need More Than That. My Students Are Enough.

I have a classroom. It’s in the basement, but there are some windows. There are desks and boards and enough…

By Tom Rademacher

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Posted Aug. 14, 2017

Sure, You Hate Trump, But Can You Tell Your Students That?

Is it OK to hate the president? Yes. Is it OK to hate the president from the front of the…

By Tom Rademacher

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Posted Aug. 8, 2017

Hope Teague-Bowling Sets Me Straight on the Whole ‘White Women in Schools’ Thing

This is a follow-up to my post, Can We Talk About How Many White Women There Are in Schools? I wanted…

By Tom Rademacher

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Posted Aug. 8, 2017

Can We Talk About How Many White Women There Are in Schools?

I’ve got to admit, White women terrify me sometimes. As a White guy, I am often unduly rewarded for being…

By Tom Rademacher

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Posted July 31, 2017

It Might Sound Odd But Here’s How My Anxiety Helped Me Be a Better Teacher

My teaching and my anxiety are each really hard to talk about without talking about the other. Each has informed…

By Tom Rademacher

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Posted July 24, 2017

No One Wants a Robot for a Teacher. We Have to Be Real With Our Students.

Yesterday, I was talking to a group of incoming teachers. During our conversations, I heard a piece of advice given…

By Tom Rademacher

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Posted July 20, 2017

We White Dudes Can’t Meet Our Students’ Needs Alone, We Need Teacher Diversity

An amazing thing happened in my classroom this year, and it had nothing to do with me. I was blessed…

By Tom Rademacher

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Posted Nov. 13, 2017

The Worst Thing About Being a Homeless Student Was the Hunger

Have you ever been so hungry that it caused you physical pain? I’m not talking the kind of hunger that sneaks up when you’ve realized…

By Lizzy Shoben

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Posted Nov. 10, 2017

Could This Teacher and Leadership Program Be Part of the ‘Secret Sauce’ for Chicago Schools?

In most urban school districts, “turnaround” is a dirty word. Turnaround schools are first identified as failing and left to languish for some time in…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Nov. 13, 2017

I Didn’t Want My Students to Have to Choose Between Hunger and Making Friends

I have a weakness. I’m not good at saying no. Last summer, I was invited to attend a focus group on school breakfast at the…

By Angela Homan

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