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See Me After Class: Advice for Teachers by Teachers

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ISBN-10: 1607140578
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Editorial Reviews


"You know how you've always thought that if you were a teacher, you'd go insane? Well, this very funny book proves that you definitely would. But in a good way." - Dave Barry

"As a new teacher mentor, you need to have empathy and illustrate that you have survived the trial by fire. You need to have a great sense of humor to lighten the tough moments. And you need to have tried-and-tested tools and tips. See Me After Class has all of those components and is a valuable addition to the resource library for new teachers and those who work with them." - Ellen Moir, Founder and CEO of The New Teacher Center

"...a useful, empathetic guide to weathering the first-year lumps.... a frothy, satisfying Guinness for the teacher's soul." - Dan Brown, NBCT, Director of the Future Educators Association, and author of The Great Expectations School

"Roxanna Elden is one of the most practical, engaging and entertaining writers on education issues around. See Me After Class is a must-have book for any teacher's bookshelf. On second-thought, you'll probably want to keep it on your classroom desk since you'll use it so much!" - Larry Ferlazzo, teacher and author of Helping Students Motivate Themselves

"This is the kind of no-nonsense straight talk that teachers are starved for, but too rarely get. I sure wish this had been available when I was a new teacher. Roxanna Elden tells it like it is, with a heavy dose of practicality, a dash of cynicism, a raft of constructive suggestions, and plenty of wry humor. I recommend See Me After Class, wholeheartedly and unabashedly." - Rick Hess, Director Education Policy Studies at AEI

"With disarming humor, Elden's supremely practical book includes firsthand accounts from the trenches and helps new recruits figure out what no college prep class taught." - American Teacher Journal

"A grab bag of advice, anecdotes, horror stories, and tales of triumph, See Me After Class offers straightforward professional advice with a wry twist." - One Day Magazine

"Without any sugarcoating, Roxanna deals with the challenges that educators face day-in and day-out through insights and stories from long-time educators as well as her own experiences." - Teacherscount.org

"A great idea for required reading in teacher education classes." - Shawn Denight, Florida Teacher of the Year

"A great deal of insight here... See Me After Class sets itself apart by better capturing what it actually feels like to be a new - or otherwise imperfect - teacher." - Paul Bruno, Scholastic --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Roxanna Elden has taught adult education, elementary school, middle school, high school, day school, night school, Saturday school, and summer school. She has stood in front of classrooms in big cities from Chicago to Houston. In short, she has seen it all – including how many good teachers give up too soon and for the wrong reasons.

Ms. Elden currently teaches in the Miami-Dade County Public School system and develops presentations for new teachers in the Miami area.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 244 pages
  • Publisher: Kaplan Publishing (June 2, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1607140578
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607140573
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,095,961 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

A National Board Certified Teacher, Roxanna Elden has taught adult education, elementary school, middle school, high school, day school, night school, Saturday school, and summer school. In short, she has seen it all.
Her first book, "See Me After Class," combines stories and advice from teachers around the country in a readable, honest, and immediately practical guidebook. Says Elden, "I wanted to write a book that teachers could pick up after a long week, finish over the weekend, and walk in Monday morning a better teacher. Not perfect, but better."

Elden pushes aside the sugar-coated Hollywood storyline (and the hero-author role that comes with it) to offer a more honest brand of inspiration. She acknowledges teaching is not like the movies, deals head on with the many frustrations that can derail good teachers, and helps teachers break through to those moments that make the challenges worthwhile. Ms. Elden currently teaches in the Miami-Dade County Public School System. She is at her best after at least two cups of coffee.

More information, reviews, and teacher resources are available at her website, www.seemeafterclass.net.

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Hardcover
This book is absolutely fantastic. It's realistic, humorous, ever so slightly cynical, but not enough to make anyone want to reconsider being a teacher. On the contrary, it gives new teachers ammunition to enter the classroom more prepared, eyes wide open to potential problems, and with plenty of concrete suggestions to use when problems do indeed arise. This book does not deny the utility of the conventional wisdom for lesson planning, teaching methods and strategies, or classroom management given by other first-year teacher books. Rather, it explains real-life situations in the classroom in less idealistic terms, shows teachers where potential pitfalls lie, and gives concrete suggestions (not vague, open-to-interpretation words of wisdom) to either avoid the problems completely or, at the very least, do damage control. It even addresses politics within the school, and how to deal with problematic coworkers and administrators. Each situation is highlighted by real-life stories from real teachers who struggled in their first years...but ultimately stuck with it and became successful. As a teacher myself, I can definitely relate to the stories in here (thus the humor!) and, though I've already been in the classroom 3 years and have figured out plenty of my own strategies and tricks that work for me, I've also gotten several new ideas from reading this book that I plan to try out come August! A great, quick, witty and useful read. Highly recommended!
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Format: Hardcover
See Me After Class, Roxanna's first book [but hopefully not last], is humorous, insightful, and definitely worthwhile. It is a book written by a teacher for teachers. In her book, Roxanna brings to light the truth about the teaching career but doesn't "sugar-coat" teaching like many college professors like to do. However, she doesn't take away from the truth about this career... that it's a rewarding job that is completely worth the many headaches, sleepless nights, and sometimes heartbreaks.

As a teacher myself, I wish I would've had a book like this one to guide me during my first year; a book so straight-forward and helpful. As I read this book and the many "first-year teacher horror stories", I couldn't help but continue nodding my head in agreement with what I was reading. I, too, remember my "unprepared teacher dream". I, too, had numerous lesson plans run shorter than expected. I remember wanting to pull my hairs out when I looked at the clock to realize that I still had another thirty minutes to "entertain" my students. And of course, many times when I sought help from veteran teachers I heard the overused phrase "Well, there must be something you're not doing right."

I had to learn the hard way... through trial and error alone but it's a relief to know that new teachers now have this book to help make their life easier. I don't believe anything can ever replace experience in the classroom and in the end, it's our best learning tool but it's definitely nice to have a reference to turn to, especially when we feel like quitting and just giving up on it all. This book will tell you exactly how it is but will also help you realize that there's hope and a bright light at the end of the teaching tunnel.
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Format: Hardcover
I have been teaching for almost 7 years and a lot of what I've learned has been on the job. After reading this book, all I could think about was how much I wish it had been around my first year as a teacher. To say it would have been a big help is an understatement!

Elden's book is a mix of do's and don't's and advice from experienced teachers she's met in her time teaching. Elden is quite experienced herself, having taught the full gamut, from 4th grade to high school and even adult education. Her writing style is both lively and witty, which allows the more technical sections (detailing class management and lesson plan tips, etc.) to be easily readable.

Another great feature in this book are the recommended supply lists for new teachers. She sagely advises new teachers not to buy everything but the kitchen sink, instead pointing out the items novice educators sometimes forget to buy, such as staplers and staples.

This book proves it IS possible to teach an old teacher new tricks -- whether you're a teacher or know someone about to begin their first year as a teacher, this book is a must-buy.
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My best friend from high school has been a teacher for more than a decade. Over the years, we've stayed in touch and he suggested that I consider getting my teaching certification and become a teacher. His words: "You'd be a great high school or middle school English teacher." It piqued my interest and I had considered it in the past. So I've started the research portion. I've already requested my transcripts from my undergrad schools so I can apply to a teaching cert program. The actual application to the program is still sitting around here somewhere waiting for me to fill out and submit. After reading this book (which I did in a day) I find myself NOT searching for that application. I still intend to go through with it but my zeal has now been tempered with realistic expectations. A week ago, it was all about fantasizing about the Mr. Holland's Opus moments that I'll be living out. After this book, I'm now taking a careful inventory of myself just to make sure I have what is needed to actually DO the job of teaching. This book, (hilarious at some points; had to catch my breath after laughing so hard) is exactly what the author says it is in the first chapter. A realistic view of the teaching profession in America. I feel it somewhat inoculated me against naive pitfalls and armed me to do an important job. At the end of the book, I realize it's not about me living the Stand and Deliver fantasy. It's about the students. At the end of the book, I am left with the realization that there are millions of kids in this world, and they all need at least one good teacher at some point in their lives. If I plan to be that, I can't let the harsh realities of the profession surprise and demoralize me. I can now go into it prepared to conduct myself with a professional work ethic.Read more ›
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