I'd Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had: My Year as a Rookie Teacher at Northeast High

I'd Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had: My Year as a Rookie Teacher at Northeast High

by Tony Danza
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I'd Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had: My Year as a Rookie Teacher at Northeast High by Tony Danza

I’d Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had is television, screen and stage star Tony Danza’s absorbing account of a year spent teaching tenth-grade English at Northeast High — Philadelphia’s largest high school with 3600 students. 
 
Entering Northeast’s crowded halls in September of 2009, Tony found his way to a classroom filled with twenty-six students who were determined not to cut him any slack.  They cared nothing about “Mr. Danza’s” showbiz credentials, and they immediately put him on the hot seat. 
 
Featuring indelible portraits of students and teachers alike, I’d Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had reveals just how hard it is to keep today’s technologically savvy – and often alienated — students engaged, how impressively committed most teachers are, and the outsized role counseling plays in a teacher’s day, given the psychological burdens many students carry.  The book also makes vivid how a modern high school works, showing Tony in a myriad of roles – from lecturing on To Kill a Mockingbird to “coaching” the football team to organizing a talent show to leading far-flung field trips to hosting teacher gripe sessions.
 
A surprisingly poignant account, I’d Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had is sometimes laugh-out-loud funny but is mostly filled with hard-won wisdom and feel-good tears.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307887870
Publisher: Crown/Archetype
Publication date: 09/03/2013
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 273,171
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 7.82(h) x 0.58(d)

About the Author

TONY DANZA, before he grew up and starred in such classic TV series as “Taxi” and “Who’s the Boss?” as well as on Broadway, was a “discipline problem” at Long Island’s Malverne High School, for which he is deeply apologetic.  These days, he divides his time between New York City and Los Angeles.

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I'd Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had: My Year as a Rookie Teacher at Northeast High 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I saw Tony Danza on the Today Show promoting the book and thought it would be a good read for me and my daughter who happens to be in her first year of teaching. Well we both read it and LOVED IT! I thank Tony for taking the time to write this book. So many of his stories have been helpful to her, just knowing that all first year teachers go through similar situations. We loved the way he connected with so many of the kids through the 1/2 Sandwich club and just caring about them personally. You give first year teachers hope! And some days that seems like all you have. Thank you Tony. Job well done, on the book AND in your first year of teaching!
ljo005 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed Mr. Danza's book very much. I agree 100% with the statement that every teacher needs an assistant. As a retired high school math teacher of 32 years, the paper work was beyond belief.
MMMCT More than 1 year ago
Just finished Tony's book and I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it! Love his style, enthusiasm, and passion for the children he taught. Being a teacher too, I can appreciate his candor, and creativity, in an effort to communicate and instill a sense of accomplishment in his students.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would love to purchase this book for every BOE member so they could get a glimpse of what it is like in the classroom. Tony Danza goes into teaching with the same dream as all of us, but learns the realities of teaching quickly. Teaching is a great profession, but it encompasses many other skills, as Tony realizes. Although he only teaches 1 block class, he realizes the challenges faced on a daily basis. It is worth the read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My husband teaches as a teaching assistant at a University. I work at a private school part time but next year I will be starting as a full time first grade teacher. We decided this would be a good book for us both to read and connect to. We both really liked it! At some points it was a harsh and scary view of what a large public high school is like. At other points it was a story about a teacher working hard, sharing in his students successes and failures and being overwhelmed by administrative expectations. Mr. Danza clearly loved his students and battled with the same issues every teacher does... how do you connect with students without getting too close, how can you be a mentor to your students while also saving time and energy for your own family and how do you make a big impact on a little budget. Unfortunately the most important audience for this book, the politicians and parents who question how much money and support to give to schools, will probably never read it.
drmrgrl More than 1 year ago
My world as a teacher in a nutshell. He tells it like it is.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thoroghly enjoyed this book!!! Recommend it highly.
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