How to Lose Your Self of Steam & Other Teaching Lessons I Never Learned From Professional Development

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9780615316703: How to Lose Your Self of Steam & Other Teaching Lessons I Never Learned From Professional Development

This award-winning teacher and blogger knows how to get the best from her students, but often she is the one learning life lessons from her students. Through inspiring and humorous anecdotes, the author chronicles nearly 15 years of publications advising and the students who crossed her path.

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Carol Richtsmeier, called Richie by her students, currently teaches at a public high school located just south of Dallas where she advises both the school newspaper and yearbook while she waits to be discovered by Oprah. She also is a free-lance writer and journalism workshop instructor. Prior to teaching, she was a reporter for The Dallas Morning News. In 2005, she received the Courage in Student Journalism Award from the national Newseum, Student Press Law Center and National Scholastic Press Association. She was the first teacher to ever receive this award. In 2002, she was named the Texas state journalism Teacher of the Year. She also was named a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund Recognized Adviser in 2002, and recently, she was named one of four national 2009 Dow Jones Newspaper Fund Distinguished Advisers.

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Funny and tender, but don't let the title or sweet vignettes fool you. Carol's book is stuffed with shrewd insights on the American high school experience. It's The Insider meets Blackboard Jungle by way of Goodbye Mr. Chips. --Bobby Hawthorne, scholastic media guru and author of The Radical Write

If they ever make a sit-com about a high school newspaper, then cast Carol Richtsmeier as the adviser. She's everything the role requires--smart, demanding, big-hearted, crusty and endlessly hilarious. (How many advisers do you know consider a rubber chicken an indispensible teaching tool?) For the past two years, Carol has channeled her irreverent wit into her blog, My Bellringers. Now, with this all new collection of classroom stories, readers will get to fully lose themselves in Carol's world, slightly askew but always steeped in the wisdom earned from 24 years in one of education's most challenging roles. -- --Nancy Kruh, columnist, The Dallas Morning News

Carol is an ex-news reporter and now a teacher in Texas, and her educational experiences seem to be just so different from those of teachers I speak to over here. She teaches journalism and photojournalism and much of her thoughtful, funny and poignant book is about her students (although she does include some hilarious asides and advice, and manages to damn English teachers for their ridiculously high rate of moaning). The fantastic thing about Carol is that she really can write, and her book is a great, easy read, with lots of anecdotes. It's funny and moving, and wonderful to read about Carol defending her students to the hilt. However, don't think she's a pushover, as she certainly isn't. She's also rather opinionated (don't get her started on students who don't pull their weight, jobs she doesn't think teachers should have to do or standardised tests). Having garnered most of my knowledge of American high schools from the movies, this made me think again. It also made me almost wish I'd gone to an American school myself. --Sarah Ebner, from the London Times' SchoolGate,

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