Sit Down and Shut Up

Page Publishing Inc
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 Innocently stumbling into the field of education at the last minute, Roger Wong discovered teaching had many rewards, and over the years, he developed a visceral love for his chosen occupation. But sometimes, his job did not love him back! Unruly students, arrogant administrators, and even life-threatening classroom situations befell him. Unreasonable, impossible school reforms, racial dilemmas, and an unshakeable fear of failure permeated his semi-illustrious thirty-four-year career. He even endured a classroom full of fourteen-year-olds during a major earthquake! And survived!

Yet none of this averted his resolve to equip his students with a quality curriculum or his best effort at terrific teaching. Paranormal classroom happenings? Not a chance. Tuna fish and human hair sandwiches? No way. A bursting bladder? Think again.

Instead, he found himself developing lifelong friendships with staff members, an intrinsic feeling of accomplishment through helping students succeed, and even experiencing romance in the classroom. (It may not be what you are thinking!)

This book is what teaching in a public classroom is really like, without any excuses or apologies, and without wearing the rosy lenses of societal stereotypes. It’s a frank look inside the mind and classroom of one rather insignificant, average, individual teacher. He struggled to be the best he could be, sometimes succeeding, and sometimes failing in unimaginable fashion.

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About the author

 Roger Wong lived most of his life in the greater Seattle area, with the exception of a three-year stint in the US Army (1972–1975) where he served in Germany protecting America and our European allies against those nasty Russian commies. He currently lives with his wife, Jean, and her annoying cat. He’s enjoying retirement by traveling, working out, reading, and watching football and baseball games on TV with his neighbor.

Roger’s wife is currently teaching, so Roger’s new occupation of “house manager” keeps him busy with laundry, cooking, paying bills, cleaning, and yard work. He’s been fortunate that there haven’t been too many “misadventures” involved with managing the house.

With the current public school emphasis on overtesting students, blaming teachers for all student failures, a deterioration of professional respect, and misguided reforms, Roger hopes the educational pendulum will swing back to better times, for the sake of his daughter, who is just beginning her journey as a new teacher, and for all those hardworking, dedicated teachers across America.

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Page Publishing Inc
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Published on
Apr 28, 2016
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Education / General
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This content is DRM protected.
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Eligible for Family Library

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