What does it mean to be a teacher?

By Mark Domeier
Owatonna People's Press

It Won't Be Easy (Tom Rademacher)This summer, I read a new book by Tom Rademacher called It Won’t Be Easy: An Exceedingly Honest (and Slightly Unprofessional) Love Letter to Teaching. Rademacher was the 2014 Minnesota Teacher of the Year, and it took me less than 10 pages to fall in love both with his writing and with teaching all over again.

Teaching is hard. This is the main point of Rademacher’s book. Having taught for over two decades, I know this to be true, and anyone reading this who has taught would agree. Yes, I’ve heard all the jokes about all the time off teachers have, but it’s rare to find a teacher who doesn’t spend much of his or her summer and other breaks working on and thinking about teaching. That’s in addition to the many hours at home spent correcting work and planning for the next day.

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