Tom Rademacher

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Guest Blogger

Minnesota Teacher of the Year

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.

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Posted Feb. 17, 2017
mom-grandma-revised

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
loveteaching

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 Oct. 24, 2016
teachingnoteasy

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…

By Tom Rademacher

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Posted July 26, 2016
TomRadSpeech

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
studentsandteacher

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
classroom_students

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
kids_talking

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
unions

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 Feb. 14, 2017
segregation

In the Fall of 1978, I Got on a Bus From My White Neighborhood and Learned That Separate Is Not Equal

When it came time to get on the bus, some of my friends didn’t go with me. Their parents pulled them out of public school that year. Too disruptive, they said. Maybe too violent, they worried silently.…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Feb. 14, 2017
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These 5 Chicago Families Are Taking Illinois to Court and All I Can Say Is It’s About Time

Frustrated by decades of unfair funding for Chicago Public Schools (CPS), five families and CPS sued the state for racial discrimination. According to the suit,…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Feb. 14, 2017
loveteaching

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 Letter to Teaching. The book…

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