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Confessions of a Bad Teacher

ISBN: 9781402281006

By: John Owens

Published: 08/06/2013

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An explosive new look at the pressures on today's teachers and the pitfalls of school reform, Confessions of a Bad Teacher presents a passionate appeal to save public schools, before it's too late.

When John Owens left a lucrative job to teach English at a public school in New York City's South Bronx, he thought he could do some good. Faced with a flood of struggling students, Owens devised ingenious ways to engage every last one. But as his students began to thrive under his tutelage, Owens found himself increasingly mired in a broken educational system, driven by broken statistics, finances, and administrations undermining their own support system—the teachers.

The situation has gotten to the point where the phrase "Bad Teacher" is almost interchangeable with "Teacher." And Owens found himself labeled just that when the methods he saw inspiring his students didn't meet the reform mandates. With firsthand accounts from teachers across the country and tips for improving public schools, Confessions of a Bad Teacher is an eye-opening call-to-action to embrace our best educators and create real reform for our children's futures.

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Table of Contents

CONTENTS

Introduction

America has met the enemy—teachers.

Chapter 1: Good-Bye Too Soon

Wait! I don’t want to leave these kids. And they don’t want me to leave.

Voices of Teachers around the Country: James Boutin, Seattle, Washington

Chapter 2: The Almighty Principal

Take it from a teacher: “Run! Run away! Really, I mean it!”

Chapter 3: Meet the Teachers

Can you find the lazy do-nothings in this picture?

Chapter 4: My Students and Me

In this class, we’re all writers.

Voices of Teachers around the Country: Corinne Driscoll, Syracuse, New York

Chapter 5: The Rules

The power of positive delusion as an organizing principle.

Chapter 6: Classroom Management

This is the “secret sauce.” But what’s the recipe?

Chapter 7: What Has Four Wheels and Flies?

The life of the traveling teacher.

Chapter 8: Not High School as You Remember It

The music department is kept in a closet. And the library…what library?

Chapter 9: Teaching, Step by Step

How to perform choreography with a stopwatch.

Chapter 10: Bad Moves

Lesson 1. Never poke the principal.

Chapter 11: Judgment Daze

How can we tell who’s good and who’s bad?

Voices of Teachers around the Country: Mr. “X,” Southwest Florida

Chapter 12: Cheaters’ Paradise

Those who insist they aren’t lying are liars.

Voices of Teachers around the Country: Mrs. Chili, New England

Chapter 13: What I Learned

Ten things about education that nobody wants to hear these days.

Chapter 14: What We Can Do

There is hope. Here’s how to help.

Epilogue

Bibliography

Acknowledgments

About the Author

Excerpt

INTRODUCTION

Will non-English-speaking students start speaking English because their teachers were fired? Will children come to school ready to learn because their teachers were fired?

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Format: Paperback

Dimensions
Length: 8 in
Width: 5.25 in
Weight: 10.08 oz
Page Count: 272 pages

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