Teaching is a messy, imprecise, fantastically exciting and spectacularly demanding job but in these pages, Anna doesn’t shy away from any of this. She’s blunt, funny, practical, ambitious, demanding, gentle and inspiring. She asks teachers to reflect, she shows teachers how to use best practices and she prods teachers working in a world of “standards, standards, standards” to remember that we are teaching real human beings in our classrooms. Real kids who laugh, get distracted, crave leadership but demand independence... sometimes all within the same hour. From building classroom libraries to grading, from recognizing the challenges of adolescents to validating the impact of whole-child learning on academic performance, this text offers a banquet table of idea, tools, stories and strategies which are sure to benefit new and veteran educators alike.
American schools would be much better off if we had a photocopy machine that could replicate more Anna Roseboro’s for our academic world. Alas, this text is the next best thing.
Anna J. Small Roseboro has 40 years’ experience in public and private schools and she earned the National Board Certificate in Early Adolescent/English Language Arts from the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards in 1998. In 2008-9, Anna was a faculty leader at the NCTE Affiliates Leadership Conference, served as Master Teacher for the San Francisco Bay Area Teachers Center. She facilitated Early Career Educators in Leadership Institute, was awarded the California Association of Teachers of English 2009 Distinguished Service Award, in 2012-2013 served the Conference on English Leadership as mentor in their Emerging Leaders Fellowship Program, and in 2016 was presented with the NCTE Distinguished Service Award.