I don’t have answers.

There may not be answers from anywhere yet about how to help schools this year, but I know for sure they aren’t coming from me.

I might be starting to ask some good questions though, and that’s not so bad. A good question can be a…


I’m giving them everything I have, but it doesn’t feel like what they need most right now

Guernica painting by Pablo Picasso
Guernica by Picasso/Wikipedia

I hate being bad at this.

I hate being bad at this, but I’m doing it often enough that I have my own “losing my shit” checklist. It goes like this:

  • Snap at the little stuff, stuff I would normally laugh off or coach through.
  • Threaten to teach from textbooks…

My summer didn’t start great, if I’m honest, and I’m going to try my best to be honest.

Less than 24 hours after the last day of the worst ever year of teaching, I was sitting with this guy I’ve known forever. He was telling me that in his building…

Clinton, 8th Grade

I met Clinton in my first year of teaching. He was a fourth grader, and small for a fourth grader, and also the only fourth grader that showed up on the first day of Chess Club. I really didn’t know that much about chess, but I knew even less about…

Everyone Seems So Sure About What We Read and How. I’ve Got Questions about Why.

The longer I go without being able to go anywhere or do anything, the more Twitter starts feeling like my real life. This can’t be good for me. This can’t be good for anyone.


Thomas Rademacher

Author of ‘It Won’t Be Easy.’ and ‘Raising Ollie’ 2014 Minnesota Teacher of the Year. @mrtomrad on everything. www.mrtomrad.com

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store