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See Me After Class: Advice for Teachers by Teachers

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The Most Dog-Eared "Teacher's Edition" You'll Have in Your Classroom

Teaching is tough. And teachers, like the rest of the population, aren't perfect. Yet good teaching happens, and great teachers continue to inspire and educate generations of students. See Me After Class helps those great teachers of the future to survive the classroom long enough to become great.

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Paperback, 199 pages
Published November 7th 2013 by Sourcebooks (first published June 2nd 2009)
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Mars R
Oh god, this book. I got it from the library after a horrible experience subbing in an elementary school, and it was like a balm to my tired, bruised, slightly chewed-on (don't ask) soul.

One of the things that has always bothered me about teaching books is that they never mention when things go wrong. Somehow when the people writing these books arranged their students' desks in circles, they didn't have the kids start throwing pencils at each other. Their discussions never fell flat. The world
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Donna
Feb 18, 2014 rated it it was ok
As a teacher of 3 decades who works with behaviorally disturbed kids, I found the majority of this book to be about a teacher trying desperately to stay one step ahead by manipulating and outwitting, rather than forming a real philosophy of education. It shows little respect for students and tends to be about control rather than teaching them to manage themselves. I found a number of the "tips" to be a chess game based upon winning, rather than what helps children grow and learn. I found the who ...more
Dale
Aug 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Although I am going into my 25th year of teaching, I enjoyed the advice that was intended for new teachers offered in See Me After Class. It is always good to go back to the basics and make sure that you remind yourself of the fundamentals.

The strength of the book is just that - it deals in fundamentals. Tricks to get you through the first day with its ever-changing class lists, reminders that we do indeed learn from our mistakes, warning of the danger of falling behind in grading papers (includ
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Becca Akins
Jan 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was really great. It is definitely something I will refer back too!
Tyler McCubbin
Mar 30, 2019 rated it liked it
Overall this book was nice to have as a device for some emotional consultation about what it means to be a teacher. From the struggles of lesson planning and fulfilling all of the “red-tape” requirements as a teacher, to the difficulties of grading and trying to find a balance of how to effectively grade so that a teacher’s life isn’t sucked into much more of the vortex of giving comments on every little detail in student work, this book does a good job of putting little reminders in veteran tea ...more
Lili Kim
Feb 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Loved how Roxanna Elden called out BS on learning logs, pre-reading activities, inspiring movies where no one grades anything, collaborative learning that really very rarely happens, etc. She also had good tips, such as how to deal with difficult teachers and students, but also how to not be that type of person (e.g., you really shouldn’t share anything you wouldn’t want the PA to blast, and you shouldn’t be complaining so much ).

Notable lines:

“This book is not Chicken Soup for the Teacher’s Sou
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Mfly
Jul 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is THE BEST book I have read for new teachers. The direct how-to books, which can be helpful, are missing the heart. Elden writes in a voice that is so earnest and downright real that it draws the reader in. The selections of teachers' experiences add veracity to advice. They offer a soft space to land for nervous newbies too. As an experienced teacher, there is not one piece of advice I disagree with or one corner of a new teacher's experience that feels unexplored. As opposed to other boo ...more
Rita
Jan 13, 2015 rated it liked it
I wish I would have read it before I started my first class. It is very down to earth honest and funny with lots of great tips!
Dee/ bookworm
Jul 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
fun, but not what I was looking for. didn't answer my questions
Brandon
This is a book I borrowed from McB that I finished shortly before the school's Friday morning meeting.

Roxanna Elden has taught all over the place in all different disciplines, from elementary to college level courses. This book takes her experiences, and the experiences of many other teachers from all different experience levels, and attempts to give the real lowdown that other teacher books fail to dole out in lieu of idealized versions of what all teachers hope to be.

The problem with books ai
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Christina Becker
Mar 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
I ordered this book as a special education teacher in my 7th year. There are plenty of things that aren’t relevant to me as either a “veteran” (I put that in quotes because I’m definitely not) or a sped teacher, but there was enough to remind me that I’m doing okay, it’s okay to feel like I’m definitely not doing okay, and again, I’m doing okay. I would have loved this book 7 years ago, but still a good read for any teacher
Susie
Jul 16, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Other than a couple of instances, I found this to be a very practical, grounded (and funny) book. I have read very few that were so authentic and realistic. I knew this book was different right from the dedication page.

So much of it is devoted to first-year teachers, who may need to cut some corners in able to survive. Elden, in a way, tells which corners are important. There are many great quotes, such as:

"teachers who are willing to admit their mistakes are much more helpful to rookies than th
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Keesa
Jul 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book didn't have a lot of life-changing revelations in it. It doesn't give much new advice. It's not a step-by-step manual on How to Be a Better Teacher.

So what is it? A collection of stories and tips that make you feel better about yourself as a teacher. So maybe it doesn't have life-changing, earth-shattering revelations that will make you see your life and your job and your students from a different point of view. But sometimes, it's so nice to know that you're not the only one....that
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Christina
I've read a few of those 'apple on the cover' books for teachers and was thoroughly disappointed each time. The tone was always rather condescending, and little if any of the content could directly relate to my classroom. This book did the complete opposite!

Though aimed more towards the beginning teacher, it was an enjoyable read even for the slightly more experienced teacher than I am. I laughed aloud a number of times, and identified with many of the issues and difficulties identified by the
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Erin
Jul 10, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this was an entertaining book for the most part that allowed me to refelect on the teaching I have done so far in my career.

Many of the quotes from actual teachers were good and funny as they made you feel like you were not alone in the attitudes, situations, people,and circumstances that go hand in hand with the teaching profession.

I don't think there was anything particularly new or earthshattering in this book but it was a good reflective tool and reminded me of strategies I hadn't
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Thk
Jul 28, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The author has made in clear from the start that this book is not Chicken Soup for Teachers or a Professional Development/Pegagogy manual, but rather, in a humorous fashion, a realistic insight into the trials and tribulations of being a teacher. It seeks to unmask the fact that teachers, as in other jobs, can face bad days, and commonly too. This is evident from the many stories shared by other teachers which should strike a familiar chord to both budding and veteran teachers alike. The outcome ...more
Monique
Feb 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the best teaching book I've ever read. I rarely make notes or bookmarks for books, but I read this on my kindle and used the bookmark feature a lot. I wanted to use it for the whole book because the advice was so good. I've been teaching for 12 years, but am about to teach high school for the first time, and I have no idea how to manage high school kids. I've been reading a couple of books and the advice is sugar-coated and impractical. Also, even though some of these books have great id ...more
Ellie
Mar 01, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned
This book is intended for the new teacher audience, and I think that is one reason I can't get behind it enough to finish it. (Not that I know it all, but I have a plethora of other resources and people to turn to when I need support or guidance.)

The stories included do a good job of accurately portraying how miserable teaching can be sometimes, and sometimes reading such instances is a nice reminder that a) you're not alone or b) it could be worse. The stories aren't why I quit reading. The ide
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Paula
Aug 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Update: after being in the classroom a few weeks now I have used a lot of this advice without realizing it. Updated to 4 stars because of this.
This isn't the book I thought it would be. I was expecting more applicable advice and while there are some wonderful ideas in here I'm going to try I still feel as though the author is holding back some information just as I have felt veteran teachers have - - sort of like they are keeping all the "tricks of the trade" to themselves. That said, I still re
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Erin McDonnell-Jones
This was a very easy to read book written with a sarcastic but realistic tone. Her humor made it much more enjoyable and a fast read. I think this would be really beneficial to first-year teachers and pre-service teachers who are struggling with the reality of teaching. There's a lot of great advice offered in the text, from how to handle observations, tips for grading, dealing with negative teachers, and interacting with principals. I really liked the classroom management section and think I mi ...more
Rachel
Jun 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As a soon to be first year teacher, I am SO grateful for this book. I feel much more equipped and I LOVE how practical this book is. There are so many books out there full of educational theory and while I enjoy reading those, I was missing a book full of tough love and honesty about teaching. The stories and comments from veteran teachers were encouraging. After reading this book, I’m reminded that while my first year will be difficult, it’s full of learning experiences and I will become a bett ...more
Brittany
Jul 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
This a cute and entertaining little read and even as a somewhat experienced teacher, I found myself putting sticky notes on a few chpters to refer to when I'm having "a moment" this coming year.

I especially loved the chapters on the different types of students and on dealing with difficult parents. The checklist of tips for how and when to approach your administrator is great advice for everyone but should be taped to every new teacher's desk.

Good buy!
Nat Medlen
Jun 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
I read this as part of professional development for school. I found it interesting to read the anecdotes about how life worked for teachers in other places. My main problem, only a small one, is that it did not consider the fact that so much is becoming computerized in the present classroom. I think this book does a good job of letting teachers know that they are not the only ones having the problems they are having, and we are all in this together.
Shanna
Sep 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
As a first year teacher, I got some great advice from this book. Some of the advice echoes what I have heard from my mentor and colleagues; other advice was fresh information for me. I don't think I can incorporate all of the ideas mentioned in the book, but it's something I can put in my "Ideas for Later" box. This is a wonderful read for rookie teachers and veteran teachers alike.
Sara
Sep 25, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Last school year was a rough one for me, and this book did as promised: "This is the book that will save [teachers’] souls when they lose the strength to save their classrooms." Highly recommended to all teacher's rookie or not.
MaryAnn Sansonetti-Wood
Jan 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Returning to the classroom after being in a district position for 10 years this book is just what I needed to realize I am ok. Helped remember all the things I forgot about the classroom and reminded me to breathe.
Vasilia
Oct 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Loved the teacher stories, even though they felt so uncomfortably familiar. Full of great advice for staying ahead and not drowning in your first year. So soothing to read, so honest (in a professional way) about the things you go through. Phew.
Jennifer Hutchinson
Real advice for real teachers, not movie teachers.

I love Roxanna’s voice and admire her vulnerability. Advice from “perfect” teachers always rings hollow, but this is the real deal.
Amber Vargas
Nov 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book got me through many hard days! I borrowed it from the library, but will be purchasing soon. It is definitely a book I want to have on hand whenever I need grounded! I love the real talk this author provided as teaching is nothing to sugar coat. Will read this again and again...
Rebecca
Jan 09, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
As a first-year teacher, I loved this book. It definitely gives some helpful advice and some anecdotes that I could relate with.
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Roxanna Elden combines eleven years of experience as a public school teacher with a decade of speaking to audiences around the country about education issues. Her first book, See Me After Class: Advice for Teachers by Teachers, is a staple in school districts and educator training programs, and her work has been featured on NPR as well as in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Atlantic, E ...more

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