Not Quite Burned Out, but Crispy Around the Edges: Inspiration, Laughter, and Encouragement for Teachers

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This book of inspirational stories and essays is designed for any teacher who has survived the first week of the first year of teaching. It offers memories of the joy of teaching, tells compelling tales of tragedy as well as survival, and provides opportunities for laughter, which is sometimes the only remedy for difficult situations.

Faced with low salaries, overcrowded classrooms, and dwindling public support, teachers are expected to improve student performance, answer ...

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Overview

This book of inspirational stories and essays is designed for any teacher who has survived the first week of the first year of teaching. It offers memories of the joy of teaching, tells compelling tales of tragedy as well as survival, and provides opportunities for laughter, which is sometimes the only remedy for difficult situations.

Faced with low salaries, overcrowded classrooms, and dwindling public support, teachers are expected to improve student performance, answer public scrutiny, and solve society's problems - with just a stroke of chalk across a blackboard. It is easy to become discouraged, and many do. Not Quite Burned Out helps remind teachers of the reasons they entered the profession in the first place. Without disguising the heart-breaking realities, Draper nonetheless celebrates the joys and very real rewards of teaching. Her clear-eyed compassion and wry humor will offer inspiration to novice and longtime teachers alike.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780325003658
  • Publisher: Heinemann
  • Publication date: 7/2/2001
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 679,092
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.28 (d)

Meet the Author

Sharon M. Draper, the 1997 Teacher of the Year and author of Teaching from the Heart (Heinemann, 2000), is an educator, a young adult novelist, a motivational speaker, and a poet. A National Board Certified Teacher, Draper is actively involved in encouraging and motivating all teachers and their students as well. She can be reached at her website: www.sharondraper.com.
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Table of Contents

The Ninety-Seventh Day of Your Seventeenth Year of Teaching

Once Upon a Time Was a Long Time Ago

The Broom Brigade

Alex Haley, Me, and a Kid Named Kyrus

Reach Out and Touch, If You Can

Burned Out, Beat Up, and Torn Down

Turning Rocks into Rubies

Kids We Lost and Kids We Found

Finding Your Joy

The Keys to Success

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