Teaching in Circles: My Journeys in Teaching High School

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Teaching is a profession of passion and disillusionment. People go into the profession expecting to shape young minds and educate the future leaders of our society. Many young teachers become frustrated with their chosen profession and leave it to find other careers. The ones that stay struggle with similar issues and have both good days and bad days. Teaching in Circles is a series of stories about a teacher and his thoughts on his profession, stories of the things he struggles with daily, and his eventual ...
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Overview


Teaching is a profession of passion and disillusionment. People go into the profession expecting to shape young minds and educate the future leaders of our society. Many young teachers become frustrated with their chosen profession and leave it to find other careers. The ones that stay struggle with similar issues and have both good days and bad days. Teaching in Circles is a series of stories about a teacher and his thoughts on his profession, stories of the things he struggles with daily, and his eventual decision to remain a teacher.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781427797797
  • Publisher: Kaplan Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/7/2008
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.38 (w) x 10.88 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author


Nathan R. Miller is a writer and teacher of high school English and theatre in the southern Twin Cities area, where he lives with his wife and two young children. His current work focuses on nonfiction, including the narrative Teaching in Circles, which explores his ambivalent relationship with teaching high school students. Other recent work includes serving on the editorial board of Water~Stone Review, where he published an interview with Newbery-Award winning author Kate DiCamillo. An MFA graduate of Hamline University, Nathan now spends much of his time fixing leaky sinks around the house and trying to catch up on the movies he wanted to see five years ago.
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Table of Contents


1 Meet the Machine 1
2 Ultra-Negative Me 5
3 Ultra-Positive Me (Well, Mostly Positive Me) 23
4 Crashing Techies 25
5 Swearing boy 31
6 Open Letter Number 1 41
7 Sour Lemons 49
8 Evolution of a Counselor 57
9 Sisyphus and the Research Paper 73
10 Open Letters Number 2 and Number 3 81
11 Settling 83
12 Retreating 89
13 Toxic Julie 97
14 Pinocchio Almost Killed Me 107
15 Ode to Frivolity 113
16 Settling-Part II 123
17 Student Profiling 127
18 Open Letter Number 4 137
19 Companionship and Where It Got Us 141
20 Curtain Call 157
21 Blurring the Divide 167
22 Open Letter Number 5 173
23 Crystal Ball 179
24 Fear the Light, Seek the Dark 185 Epilogue 187 Reading Guide Questions 195
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  • Posted December 21, 2008

    A memoir from the heart.

    Miller's book is a brutally honest memoir of his teaching experience that never comes across as condescending like so many others. It grabbed my attention from the first page and I had a hard time putting it down.<BR/><BR/>A wide range of people could really get something out of reading this book, both within and outside of the educational system. The vivid writing will captivate you and cause you to think about your own life.<BR/><BR/>Pick up a copy of this eye-opening read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2008

    Eye Opener

    Great book for students, teachers, and anyone else involved with the school system. If you are involved in the school system this book can teach you alot about yourself. Easily worth the price. Get this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2008

    A thought provoking look at careers in education

    Nathan Miller captures his readers quickly with his experiences as a high school teacher. He writes with an incredibly honest voice that spills out onto the page, almost conversing with his readers. His perspective of issues that arise in every teacher's career makes the reader fully understand how emotionally exhausting a teacher's life can be, ultimately leading to a greater appreciation of teachers.

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