Thursday, June 13, 2013

I'd Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had

I'd Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had: My Year as a Rookie Teacher at Northeast High
by Tony Danza [Biography Danza]

Actor-singer-dancer, ex-professional boxer, ex-amateur wrestler, and problem student Tony Danza had a lifelong dream to be a teacher. In 2009-2010, he fulfilled it by teaching (under strict supervision) for one year at Philadelphia's largest public high school via Teach for America and A&E Television, which aired a short-lived reality series (Teach: Tony Danza) about it. Just shy of 60 years old, first-year teacher "Mr. Danza" shepherded 26 students through their 10th-grade English class. This chronicle of his eye-opening stint at Northeast High runs a wide range of emotions: charming, passionate, clueless, frustrated, comical, touchy-feely, hopeful, humble. When network executives wanted Danza to "create" more drama, he refused. They pulled the cameras, and he stayed put, refusing to bail on the kids or make an irresponsible representation of what was happening. Along the way, He came up with some creative ways to flesh out lesson plans and he developed a number of lasting bonds with his students. Who knew?! -- recommended by Becky W. C. - Walt Branch Library

[Also available in downloadable E-book format.]

[ official I'd Like to Apologize... web page on the official Tony Danza web site ]

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