From the critically acclaimed author of Daddy Needs a Drink hailed
by the "Los Angeles Times" as consistently hilarious comes a series
of irreverent, wickedly observant essays about what it really means
to be a teacher today. With his trademark wit and wisdom, Robert
Wilder dissects the world s noblest profession whether he s taming
a classroom full of hormonal teenagers or going one-on-one with the
Wilder was twenty-six when he found his true calling. Leaving a
lucrative advertising career in New York, he got a job as an
assistant first-grade teacher at a Santa Fe alternative school and
never looked back. Now he brings his unique perspective as a
teacher, parent, and former student to a series of laugh-out-loud
essays that show teaching at its most absurd and most rewarding.
With brutal candor he chronicles his own lively adventures in
modern education, from navigating cutthroat kindergarten sign-ups
to subbing for a class experi-ment gone wrong and dares to tell
He shares the surprising lessons he s learned in the trenches of
his profession, including how to bribe a four-year-old (his own) to
stop swearing in a Lutheran preschool and the best way to teach
moody teenagers manage helicopter parents and cope with bullies
whether of the school-yard, Internet, or parental kind. And he
offers tough love for cheaters who log on to www.SchoolSucks.com,
then puts to rest forever the question of why new teachers gain
weight (hint: the free donuts don t help).
In Tales from the Teachers Lounge, Robert Wilder charts life s
learning curve with a warmth and humor you don t find in textbooks.
By turns heartwarming, eye-opening, and uproariously funny, these
pitch-perfect essays offer priceless lessons in life, family,
learning, and teaching from a true lover of education.
"From the Hardcover edition.""
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