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 May of 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 Apr. 20, 2017

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

The danger of pretending it’s easy, of pretending we have the right answers is that struggle too quickly feels like failure.…

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Posted Apr. 10, 2017

I’m a Teacher of the Year and I Got Laid Off Because of Budget Cuts

I got my letter last week. My principal met me at my door. I knew it was coming. Still, it…

By Tom Rademacher

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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,…

By Tom Rademacher

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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…

By Tom Rademacher

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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…

By Tom Rademacher

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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…

By Tom Rademacher

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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…

By Tom Rademacher

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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…

By Tom Rademacher

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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 May 11, 2017

It’s Not Just About What Happens in School, After School Matters, Too

President Trump’s “skinny budget” for the coming fiscal year is chock full of proposed cutbacks to longstanding federal programs. But one of his most surprising…

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Posted May 10, 2017

Why Poor College Kids Like Us Need to Start Asking for the Help We Need

Growing up, my parents embedded the ideology that I should be happy and grateful for what I have. My mother would say, “Aunque seamos pobres,…

By Guillermo Camarillo

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Posted May 15, 2017

Every Teacher Tried to Get Him on Track But Only This Student Knew Exactly What He Needed

During the first seven months of this school year, I struggled to find a way to motivate a ninth-grade student whom I’ll call Ameer. Ameer…

By Christopher Mah

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