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. 26, 2019

The Equity Backlash Is Real. Resist It.

WHAT WE GOT WRONG: For all its problems, No Child Left Behind illustrated a whole lot of problems that we still haven’t fixed. The hard data that came back showed some of the failures in education that bell hooks and Paulo Freire had been talking about forever. In large part, we have those numbers to thank for the increased focus and funding that led to the rise of the modern educational equity movement.…

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Posted Sep. 26, 2019

A Student Left in Handcuffs. We Need to Do Better So It Stops Happening.

There was the day that a sixth grader was upset, was blocked by an administrator from exiting a room and…

By Tom Rademacher

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Posted Sep. 11, 2019

Pardon My Grumpy Appearance, Kids. This Year I’ll Show You More Mr. Nice Guy

I think we all know, or we had better, that the old advice of, “Don’t smile until Christmas,” is just…

By Tom Rademacher

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Posted Aug. 7, 2019

Your Fave Teaching Guru May Tell You What to Do, But What Do YOU Do Next?

If you’re a teacher, the world is awash with people who know how to do your job better than you.…

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Posted July 23, 2019

Some Hard-Earned Advice for Teachers Who Want to Be Heard

Five years ago, I was named Minnesota’s Teacher of the Year.  The months and years following are a time in…

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Posted May 8, 2019

Well, Damn. I Am ‘Just a Teacher’ and Proud of It.

OK, so here’s this embarrassing thing I did recently. I kinda promised myself I would never admit this to anyone,…

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Posted Apr. 22, 2019

Every Time I Think About Leaving the Classroom, My Students Remind Me Why I’m Here

Last week, teaching almost killed me. Again. I was driving home from work, having stayed later than typical for a…

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Posted Apr. 2, 2019

Puberty Is Hard, and So Is Teaching About It

Puberty is hard. Teaching it ain’t easy either. Still, those “what happens to my body” conversations are a perfect test-case…

By Tom Rademacher

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Posted Mar. 8, 2019

White People Get Big Mad When You Force Them to Think About White People

White people get big mad when you force them to think about White people. I knew this. I know this.…

By Tom Rademacher

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Posted Feb. 28, 2019

For White Teachers Teaching White Boys in the Suburbs

We talk too much about White boys. But, also, really. When we talk about them, we don’t say nearly enough. We don’t talk enough about the boys in our classrooms.…

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Posted Oct. 12, 2021

Q&A With Paige Kowalski: Getting Transparent About Student Data

Student data. Standardized testing. Accountability. These words set off a lot of big feelings among parents, educators and policymakers — especially fear and anger. Controversies…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Oct. 13, 2021

6 Ways We Can Help Reverse COVID Learning Loss for English Learners

Twenty-one months have passed since the COVID-19 pandemic was declared a national emergency. With a new school year underway, the United States (U.S.) public school system…

By Pedro Olvera

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Posted Oct. 8, 2021

Your Thanksgiving Clip Art and Crafts Might Be Microaggressions. Here’s How to Do Better.

In March, Dr. Seuss Enterprises decided to cease publication of six of the prolific writer’s works due to his demeaning caricatures of non-white ethnicities. This…

By B. Manker, Ed.D

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