I'd Like To Apologize To Every Teacher I Ever Had

I'd Like To Apologize To Every Teacher I Ever Had

My Year As A Rookie Teacher At Northeast High

Book - 2012
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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.
Publisher: New York : Crown Archetype, c2012.
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780307887863
0307887863
Branch Call Number: 371.10092 Danza
Characteristics: 262 pages ; 25 cm.

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Ambigirl2013 Aug 26, 2013

I've been a sub-teacher for 11 years for NYCDOE and I am working on my memoirs. Watch out for it.

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bbb1771
Aug 14, 2013

If you're expecting this book to be Tony Banta from Taxi meets inter city school, you'll be disappointed. What you will find is a surprisingly well written, thoughtful and thought provoking glimpse inside the challenges of public school education. Danza will undoubtedly be remembered more for his roles on Taxi and Who's the Boss, but his year of teaching will have greater impact on the world than any acting role ever could. Should be required reading for every parent with a kid in high school

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MADKC4Ever
Jun 26, 2013

I want to be a teacher when I get older, and this book is the perfect way to prepare for that! His experiences and stories are so eye-opening and exciting to read. You will laugh and cry along with him, feel the heartbreak of not reaching every kid and cheer as he gets the kids excited about learning. I could not put this book down, and I hated to see it end. Get this book, you will be VERY glad you did.

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kjshls
Nov 03, 2012

Pair this with Rafe Esquith's " Teach like your hair's on fire" and you will be encouraged about the state of public education and the dedicated teachers who care about their students.

LMcShaneCLE Oct 22, 2012

How many of us would dare to jump into a Philadelphia High School classroom with no real teaching experience? Credit to Tony Danza for his courage and commitment to understand the plight of teachers every where. I have always admired Tony Danza, but now I am inspired. A great read -should be mandatory for new teachers!

JMFlaherty Oct 09, 2012

I highly recommend reading Tony's book about his year of teaching. I think Tony does indeed have a gift here. This book reminded me much of Frank McCourt's best-seller "Tiz." My only complaint is that I hope next time Mr. Danza takes a group of kids to see a fabulous Broadway show that he gets them some fabulous orchestra seats! :)

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Jun 26, 2013

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MADKC4Ever
Jun 26, 2013

Tony Danza remembers how, before he got into acting, he had wanted to be a teacher. So he decides to try his hand at teaching at an inner-city Philidelphia public school, Northeast High School, for one year. And what he learns and experiences is more valuable then anything, and also let's you take a hard look at what American education is really about, and the dedicated teachers who, everyday, try to make it better.

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Jun 26, 2013

"The final bell rings, and the building hums with movement. As Charmaine starts to gather up her backpack, I put out my hand and point to the pin that reads 'Eye Care About You.' "I really do care about you, you know." She smiles and says, "Yes, Mr. Danza.""

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