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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 July 10, 2017

White Teachers, Here’s How to Handle Being Called Racist

It hurts to be called racist, especially when you feel like you’re trying super hard not to be racist. …

By Tom Rademacher

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Posted June 28, 2017

These Stories About Bad Principals Will Piss You Off and Then Hopefully Make You Want to Do Something About It

I’ve had bad principals. In fact, it’s pretty hard to find a teacher who hasn’t. The job of a principal…

By Tom Rademacher

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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.…

By Tom Rademacher

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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…

By Tom Rademacher

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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 Dec. 15, 2017

When I Set Up My Classroom Now I Only Think About Which Bookshelf Can Stop a Bullet

BY BRETT BIGHAM, 2014 OREGON STATE TEACHER OF THE YEAR: I don’t know a teacher who has not looked at the faces of Sandy Hook and wondered, “What if?”…

By Brett Bigham

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Posted Feb. 14, 2018

Black Panther Proves That Our Kids Need More Black Superheroes, Both on the Screen and in the Classroom

I am looking forward to the premiere of “Black Panther” with the same excitement I bring to planning my birthday month. (Yes, I said month.)…

By Kenya Bradshaw

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Posted Feb. 13, 2018

I Know White Teachers Can Be Biased Against Kids of Color Because I Was

I changed schools in the middle of the first grade because my teacher was a racist. “She told you that you’re smarter than your classmate…

By Sydney Chaffee

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