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Tony Rotondo was a public school teacher forever, teaching English in all grades?7th tograduate school. He began in 1964, the year the SAT?s began their decline. He takes fullresponsibility and offers sincere apologies.Married to his best friend Mary Ann forever, he has three kids and four grandkids.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 214 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Inc. (November 21, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 059540619X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595406197
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,286,999 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I give it a 500/500 (and not just because that's what HE gave ME on my autobiography!).
K. Chiccarine
I had the privilege of sitting in Mr. Rotodo's (or Uncle Tony's as I liked to call him) classes twice, once for 11th Grade English and once for Public Speaking.
M. Caracappa
For me, the bottom line truth is that I received a wonderful education DESPITE the system BECAUSE of Mr. Angelo!
j. pix.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Caracappa on August 6, 2007
Format: Paperback
Warm and conversational, Tony Rotondo's writing style immediately captures the reader's interest and attention. He spins and inter-weaves tales of his childhood and his life as a teacher, husband, and father into a lush tapestry of observations and experiences. I had the privilege of sitting in Mr. Rotodo's (or Uncle Tony's as I liked to call him) classes twice, once for 11th Grade English and once for Public Speaking. It may sound trite--and I'd probably get a hand-written comment in the margin of my paper about it (which I'd counter in the next paper with an abundance of flattery)--but Tony's class is where I came to understand myself. There was no where else in high school that I felt more at home than I did in his room. And reading this book made me feel like I was there again. Thanks for the great read and all the great memories Uncle Tony!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ed U. Cator on January 2, 2007
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Using humor, first time author, Tony Rotondo, does a fantastic job of conveying what is right and what is wrong with public education. He tells stories and about his family, his profession, and his life that we all can relate to. Well done!!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By dsgnermom on January 17, 2007
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Many people judge a movie by the emotions that it makes them feel. If you judge a book the same way, this is the book for you. Scratch Where it Itches takes you on a journey through the life of a teacher who is anything but typical. Mr. Rotondo draws the reader into his book and makes you a part of his main character's life. I've met only two teachers in my life who show the kind of love for their students that Anthony Augustus Angelo shows. We should all be so lucky to have a teacher like this. I recommend this book to teachers and students alike. As a parent, it made me appreciate what my children's teachers are up against. Thanks for the great read!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dan Falcone on August 5, 2010
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This man is a master teacher, realizes that it takes time and money to develop teachers the right way, he advocates worker control, he realizes the barriers in the way of educators, he sees through the superficial and illegitimate formalities of school. I love what he writes, so true, such an easily questioned mindset and approach that power has. I loved this book, if any teacher does not, they are picket line crossers in the making and pretty much self-hating professionals.
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"Scratch where It Itches" is enjoyable to read and entertaining. Tony Rotondo has written an excellent characterization of the experiences of Mr. Angelo, a successful and seasoned public school teacher. The book is 207 pages long and consists of more than twenty chapters. Many of the chapter titles illustrate the tone of the book. Examples include "Your Principal Is Your Pal," "Caution: Faculty Meeting In Progress," "Ennui, Angst, And Malaise," It's Good For Your Bowels" and "It's Hard Being a Diplomat When Your Fly's Open."
One particularly insightful and interesting passage details information about educational acronyms. Mr. Angelo asks another teacher "What are you doing this week? The response is "USSR. "SQ3R." "SQRQCQ." Angelo's attempt at using educational acronyms follows, and is very funny. Further on Rotondo describes what goes on when an administrator shows up in a classroom for a formal observation; for an English teacher it is a lesson in grammar. "Something safe. Math teachers send kids to the board to embarrass them with all the mistakes they made on last night's homework. Social Studies teachers pull down old maps and point to countries that no longer exist."
The book concludes with some very funny notes from students and some interesting stories about Mr. Angelo's experiences with students.
For readers who have never spent time with adolescents in a public school environment the book offers some valuable insight. For those who have spent time teaching in a public school, as you read you will laugh and want to cry, and work to refrain from screaming. I am happy to have read this book.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By j. pix. on May 9, 2007
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Tony Rotondo "exposes" the obvious 'elephant in the room' of formalized education. His expose is painfully funny because it discusses the truths of a system better known as "schooling." This book has appeal for anyone who attended or taught in a public school. If a reader doesn't laugh out loud when reading Rotondo's memoir, then maybe he should consider if his/her 'name was changed to protect anonymity.' For me, the bottom line truth is that I received a wonderful education DESPITE the system BECAUSE of Mr. Angelo! For this Mr. Angelo in specific and all the others who educate and inspire -- Thank you. [This is a GEM of a book that deserves to be spotlighted!]
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. Chiccarine on April 7, 2007
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Hey, who knew that my 11th grade English teacher had such an interesting life to read about. I only wish that I had known about it back when I was in his class! As a kid with a mother devoted to her career as a public school teacher and, now, as a parent of public school children, I thoroughly appreciated Mr. Rotondo's memories of being a kid, parent and teacher. I give it a 500/500 (and not just because that's what HE gave ME on my autobiography!). Thanks for sharing!
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