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 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…

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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 Jan. 11, 2019

How Anti-Blackness Can Show Up in Our Teaching and We Don’t Even Recognize It

Just before winter break, my various timelines were awash with pictures of a young man forced to have his hair…

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Posted Dec. 10, 2018

I Thought Watching Another Teacher Get Right What I Got Wrong Would Hurt. Instead, It Inspired.

A couple weeks ago, I had one of those days. After writing a whole post about how nice my room…

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Posted Nov. 30, 2018

Kassie Benjamin’s the Kind of Math Teacher Who Sticks With You Long After You Leave Her Classroom

Here in Minneapolis, the word around town is that South High was designed by a guy who had spent his…

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Posted May 21, 2019

Here’s One Thing You Can Do Right Now to Defend the Rights of Black Families in California

I don’t know about you, but I can’t just sit by and watch. It’s time for action. The latest battleground in the national war on…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted May 20, 2019

In 2016 I Gave Money to the Bernie Campaign. Now I’ll Be Damned If I Give a Single Penny.

In 2016, I gave money to the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign. It was and remains the first and only time I have ever given a…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted May 21, 2019

They’re Trying to Ban Charter Schools in California. Here’s Why That Matters.

About two years ago this time I had to write an explainer piece when the NAACP pushed for a moratorium on public charter schools. The…

By Ikhlas Saleem

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