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Behind the Desk: How I Survived my First Ten Years in Education Paperback – November 2, 2013
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About the Author
Franchesca Warren is the creator of The Educator’s Room, LLC, where she uses that platform to share tools and resources educators can use to empower them in the classroom. After working in several inner-city high schools across the country for over ten years, she recognized that the true experts in education (teachers) were largely being ignored. In 2012 she held steadfast to this belief by writing her first educational book, “Keep the Fire Burning: Avoiding Teacher Burnout.” Throughout her career in education she’s been named Teacher of the Year and a Difference Maker by her colleagues. In addition, she’s been featured on Fox 5 News Atlanta, Fox 13 Memphis, The Jennifer Keitt Show, The Huffington Post and several other media outlets. A proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Franchesca loves to volunteer in helping young girls realize their value in her community. In her spare time you can find her running an occasional half-marathon and enjoying life with her three kids and husband in the metro Atlanta area. She lives by the motto, “Success is failure turned inside out.”
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A teacher of any age or experience will most certainly find this narrative highly enjoyable and relevant to the genesis of their own careers. In fact, I found myself putting exclamation points in the margins while reading, tying the author's story to some of my own that I'd forgotten.
Lastly, while Ms. Warren says that this books is "just for teachers," any person who cares about public education and their teachers will find this incredible helpful and will undoubtedly be able to empathize. We've all survived the classroom - and Ms. Warren does a great job of taking us there with her ability to do so herself.
Ms. Warren writes in a first-person narrative format, which allows readers to connect with her as a person. She uses her own experiences from her first day to her most recent educational achievement to really show her "tried and true" practices of being an effective teacher for any student. There were so many times as I read this that I out-loud exclaimed "I have that student!" or "Ha, that's me!," just because Warren writes in such a connecting way. And yet Warren is able to convey her ideas without being condescending to her readership.
This book is very empowering. Warren discusses how teachers can (and ought to) "brand" themselves, including some specific strategies to do so. This is especially valuable in a recession where teachers are constantly laid off. This "branding" idea can be valuable to any teacher, regardless of if this is their first year or 30th year.
Great read! Highly recommended!
I found myself arguing and agreeing and remembering similar scenarios as I read this.
teaching may be a selfless job, but that doesn't mean you have to sacrifice your sanity or family to be a good teacher.