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 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…

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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…

By Tom Rademacher

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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,…

By Tom Rademacher

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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…

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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.…

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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 Feb. 20, 2019

I Always Write About How Hard Teaching Is But I Really Do Love It

Once, forever ago, I wrote a tweet bemoaning how many stories out there were about how much teaching sucks, and…

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Posted Jan. 29, 2019

I Visited a School on the Border and, Get This, the Kids Are Like Kids Everywhere

When Alicia Johal texted me directions to her school, she added, “Oh, and make sure you and your driver are…

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Posted Sep. 16, 2019

I Hate to Inform You, but Not Everyone Is Above Average in Wobegon

Wherever you live, there is a high probability that Minnesota is low-key superior to your state.  We are the safest state in America, we have…

By Chris Stewart

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Posted Sep. 19, 2019

Black and Brown Students Can Learn, But You Have to Want to Teach Them

We complain about what’s wrong with the public education system all the time. Admittedly, I’m probably on the long list of tough critics.  Some of…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Sep. 17, 2019

Teachers, If You Want a Say in What Happens at Your School, You Have to Speak Out

Welcome to a new school year! Amidst the busyness of planning and preparing, remember to take a step back and reflect on how you want…

By Mary Conroy Almada

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