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 Feb. 13, 2018

I #LoveTeaching. I Just Hate February.

Many years ago, Charlie came up to me after class and handed me a small folded-up paper on their way…

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Posted Feb. 5, 2018

Some Tips for a White Teacher Trying to Stop Being Racist

I’ve been working hard at anti-racist teaching for over a decade. I’ve learned some things. I see things I didn’t…

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Posted Jan. 31, 2018

Maybe We Should Stop Telling Kids to Be Quiet

A week ago, I sat with a group of students and asked them what the number one rule of the…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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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