So many people that I talk to say that they could never be teachers. For whatever reason they give, the students, the grading, the stress; they always end up saying that they would go insane. In Dave Barry’s, yes that Dave Barry, words on reviewing See Me After Class he says “. . . Well, this very funny book proves that you definitely would [go insane]. But in a good way.”
See Me After Class by Roxanna Elden is a humorous teacher self-help book. When Elden started writing this book, she wanted it to be an easy read, amusing and honest and get right to the point. See Me After Class is divided into twenty short chapters focusing on everything from organization and grading to the teacher’s lounge. Elden normally starts with an entertaining, for the reader that is, day-gone-wrong story followed by steps to have the problem, hopefully, never happen again and positive, or negative, stories other teachers around the country have shared. The main direction of the book is how to succeed at all the ‘unseen’ things educators do from the month before school starts to forming a teacher personality to due dates. Elden always makes sure that her advice is not just a little phrase that experienced teachers throw around, but that it actually works and is practical.
My personal favorite part of See Me After Class is Elden’s style and voice. She sets up the book with anecdotes that every teacher can relate to, but never admits to because, “It’s not okay to say, ‘I’m working with kids and I might be bad at it.’” Elden allows this book to be a trustworthy companion after a very bad day, but after reading it, teachers now have the tools to return to their classrooms. Right on the cover it says “Advice for teachers by teachers” which can be clearly seen in “. . . all people who shared their stories in this book went on to become successful, experience teachers. They’re not administrators (who, don’t get me wrong, do important jobs). They’re not counselors (who also do important jobs). They’re not presenters or auditors from a downtown office (who do . . . jobs).” This means that the advice is practical and other teachers have faced these same problems before and rose above it. As noted before, Elden has broken down the chapter into subtopics with steps to take and more stories. It is teaching, of course, there are always stories!
See Me After Class was written with an audience in mind, obviously teachers or people who are closely associated to education. Beyond that, this book really helps new teachers to have confidence that they are not the only ones with strings of bad days and how to step into the classroom the next Monday. Nevertheless, Elden’s book could strengthen experienced educators’ spirits and classrooms, but new teachers would benefit the most.
As a future teacher, I have read a number of ‘teaching books’ but See Me After Class is the best one yet. It is everything an educator wants insight on and stories that make you smile, laugh and pull out your hair. If books were graded on the 4.0 scale, it would be a 4.0 or in book language 5 stars!