So You Think You Might Like to Teach: 23 Fictional Teachers (for Real!) Model How to Become and Remain a Successful Teacher

by Robert Eidelberg



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 13/05/2013

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 155
ISBN : 9781479798148
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 155
ISBN : 9781479798155
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 155
ISBN : 9781479798162

About the Book

I began teaching in 1964 and am still at it.  Thanks to the values of my parents and my maternal grandmother (Beba), as well as to their high expectations for me, I learned at a young age that no matter how old I got, I would always be a student.  Later I learned that I would always be a teacher.

Not only is that combination of student and teacher an unbeatable one, it is a necessary one if by a "successful" teacher we mean a person whose humanity is expressed through what is both a calling and a career.  (Geoffrey Chaucer put it more poetically in The Canterbury Tales:  "And gladly would he learn, and gladly teach.")

This is a book about answering the call to become a teacher and working to be an effective one (whatever your subject but generally on the secondary school level).  So You Think You Might Like to Teach features the classroom experiences of 23 fictional teachers and the practical lessons they learned from their successes and failures about what happens of value on both sides of the teacher’s desk.

This book's 23 "novel" role models (from contemporary and classic works of literature) may not be actual but they are quite real (flaws and all); and although some of them may be larger than life, all are true to life both in and out of the classroom. 

I've chosen these particular fictional teachers for you to learn from because "you think you might like to teach."  I suspect, and hope, that you want to become the best possible teacher you can be and never have to worry about burnout.  Your joy in your career and your students' joy in your joy will depend on it. 

And so I wish you the best should you decide to profoundly affect the lives of, let's say, 151 very special human beings in the next school year:  150 students – and you, their teacher.

Robert Eidelberg

About the Author

A former journalist, Robert Eidelberg served for nineteen and a half years as the chair of the English department of William Cullen Bryant High School in New York City and a total of 32 years as a secondary school English teacher in the New York City public school system. Upon “graduating” from Bryant High School, Mr. Eidelberg was an educational and editorial consultant and author for Amsco School Publications and a writing instructor at Audrey Cohen Metropolitan College of New York as well as at Queensborough Community College of the City University of New York. For the past 15 years, Mr. Eidelberg has been a college adjunct supervising undergraduate and graduate student teachers in secondary English education for both the State University of New York at New Paltz and the City University of New York, where he has specialized in teaching the culminating secondary English education practicum seminar at CUNY’s Hunter College campus. As a working author with a fondness for fictional characters and somewhat lengthy subtitles for his books, Mr. Eidelberg recently published a careers book on what it takes to become and remain an effective secondary school teacher and not burn out – SO YOU THINK YOU MIGHT LIKE TO TEACH: 23 Fictional Teachers (for Real!) Model How to Become and Remain a Successful Teacher. He is currently completing a self-help companion book to GOOD THINKING called PLAYING DETECTIVE: A Self-Improvement Approach to Becoming a More Mindful Thinker, Reader, and Writer By Solving Mysteries. Robert Eidelberg lives in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, with his life partner of 40 years and their 13-year-old part-hound, part-Doberman dog Marlowe, a very mindful mutt.