A student demands to know what authority you have to judge his writing. Another student sits in your office reading her essay aloud and crying. What you hoped would be a stimulating classroom discussion falls flat.
Bramblett and Knobauch, both relatively new teachers, present 19 essays in which teachers address some of the stumbling blocks they have encountered in the first years of their profession. The essays take a very personal tone, addressing how the contributors felt about their problems and the solutions they found to address them. The two themes of the essays are attempting to hold everything together and establishing a connection with students. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)