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

I'd Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had: My Year as a Rookie Teacher at Northeast High

Long before he starred on some of television’s most beloved and long-running series such as Taxi and Who’s the Boss? and went on to distinguish himself in a variety of film and stage roles, Tony Danza was a walking contradiction: an indifferent student who dreamed of being a teacher. Inspiring a classroom of students was an aspiration he put aside for decades until one day it seemed that the most meaningful thing he could do was give his dream a shot. What followed was a year spent teaching 10th-grade English at Northeast High - Philadelphia’s largest high school with 3,600 students....
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Publisher's Summary

Long before he starred on some of television’s most beloved and long-running series such as Taxi and Who’s the Boss? and went on to distinguish himself in a variety of film and stage roles, Tony Danza was a walking contradiction: an indifferent student who dreamed of being a teacher. Inspiring a classroom of students was an aspiration he put aside for decades until one day it seemed that the most meaningful thing he could do was give his dream a shot.

What followed was a year spent teaching 10th-grade English at Northeast High - Philadelphia’s largest high school with 3,600 students. Entering Northeast’s crowded halls in September 2009, Tony found his way to a classroom filled with 26 students who were determined not to cut him any slack. They cared nothing about “Mr. Danza’s” showbiz credentials, and they immediately put him on the hot seat.

It was only after experiencing abject terror for several weeks - and even dissolving into tears on several occasions - that Tony began to pick up the tricks of how to get kids to learn.

Featuring indelible portraits of students and teachers alike, I’d Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had reveals just how hard it is to keep today’s technologically savvy - and often alienated - students engaged, how impressively committed most teachers are, and the outsized role counseling plays in a teacher’s day, given the psychological burdens many students carry. The audiobook also makes vivid how a modern high school works, showing Tony in a myriad of roles - from lecturing on To Kill a Mockingbird to coaching the football team, organizing a talent show, leading far-flung field trips, and hosting teacher gripe sessions.

Inevitably, Tony’s students steal their way into our hearts - in a way that always feels authentic. A surprisingly poignant account, I’d Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had is sometimes laugh-out-loud funny but is mostly filled with hard-won wisdom and feel-good tears.

©2012 Tony Danza (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    CJ4NIER Mid-West USA 03-01-14
    CJ4NIER Mid-West USA 03-01-14 Member Since 2012

    I live in the midwest in the US. I am over 65. I'd rather read than watch television. I find it's even more enjoyable w/audible added.

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    "I enjoyed listening to Tony Danza read his story."
    What made the experience of listening to I'd Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had the most enjoyable?

    I never knew the fact that Tony Danza was a teacher. I really enjoyed listening to him tell his own story. I think when an author reads his own work it adds so much more to the true feeling of a book. The author knows where to put the emphasis and what feeling it should emit. This was an interesting story of a year in the life of a teacher who really cared about students. There are more like him out there teaching but I'm sure many more who couldn't hack the way kids are now. Lots of parents don't back up the teachers. It's easier to let their kid do what he wants, harder to confront than to ignore problems. Tony gets through to the kids, but imagine putting that much effort out year after year! It would wear almost anyone out. God bless he teachers who stick with it.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of I'd Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had?

    The most memorable event was when the students gathered around their crying teacher to comfort him. It was touching. Most kids are deep down good souls. Kids need love, attention, guidance and time at home with family. Let's not forget discipline, not beatings, but discipline.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Grace Wellesley, MA, United States 02-28-14
    Grace Wellesley, MA, United States 02-28-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Very Interesting"

    Loved his narration. Well done weaving together of story of Tony Danza's life along with his experience teaching an English honors class at a inner city Philadelphia high school. Love his humor, his willingness to share his foibles along with his successes, his efforts to be a worthy teacher, his insights on education.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Christine WARREN, MI, United States 02-28-14
    Christine WARREN, MI, United States 02-28-14 Member Since 2011
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    "I am not a non fiction fan but LOVED This"

    I took a chance on this book when it was a daily deal. I am not a non fiction fan and usually try to stay away from them. I also do not write many reviews but felt compelled to do so here. This really was an amazing story. I appreciate the honesty, integrity and love in this story. Makes me look at my sons teachers in a different light (though he is in a private school). Kudos to Tony Danza for doing this and opening out eyes to this tough profession! A must read for anyone who has kids or is thinking of going into teaching!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Melissa Westborough, MA, United States 02-26-14
    Melissa Westborough, MA, United States 02-26-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Great Listen for Teachers!"
    Would you listen to I'd Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had again? Why?

    Yes, it made me laugh and cry.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of I'd Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had?

    When Mr. Danza's class group hugged him.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Too many to name.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    A teachers job is never done.


    Any additional comments?

    I love how he spoke of how students could frustrate him so much then on a dime make you love them so much. Very true! Enjoyable book. Thanks for writing it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kazuhiko TUXEDO PARK, NY, United States 02-23-14
    Kazuhiko TUXEDO PARK, NY, United States 02-23-14 Member Since 2012
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    "I would like to thank some of Tony's teachers"

    I only knew Tony Danza from the 1980's TV show "Taxi", but, through this book, I found out what a great guy he is. But more importantly, in this book, Tony Danza lets me peek at some of the real lives of the kids who attend a public school in Philadelphia. I never watched the cable TV "reality show" that was part of this, but I know this actor went much deeper than a role in the TV show. He stayed with the class after the TV show production ended, and he still keeps in touch with some of the students. It's really heat-breaking what some of these kids have to go through in their personal lives AND go through the high school life that is so important in determining their future. We all know how important education is, but most of us, including myself, tend to think "education" in rather abstract way. This book brought me back to the time when I went to a public school but also reminded me how important this short period can be in shaping the kids' future. For this, I now feel that high school teachers probably play more important roles than college professors do. We often hear about negative things about teachers in public schools, but, considering what they are up against, we don't give (at least many of) them enough credit. Tony Danza honestly describes what went through his mind during his interactions with the students and other teachers and admits his flaws, mistakes, and vulnerability. I could tell that Tony Danza himself had some great passionate teachers. He is a great narrator by the way. Many of the scenes made me cry (and I almost never cry listening to audiobooks).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Janice M. Johnson Seattle, WA United States 10-27-13
    Janice M. Johnson Seattle, WA United States 10-27-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Danza shares truth and conviction"
    Would you listen to I'd Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had again? Why?

    I would listen again because of his connection with his students.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of I'd Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had?

    I don't think there was one memorable moment but many that built on each other to point out the importance of education and how each individual, both students and teachers have strength and dignity to share with each other.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me do both. Tony Danza shared the realities of the classroom and a teacher's struggle to reach each student very well.


    Any additional comments?

    I was glad that we heard Tony Danza's own voice telling this story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    kris Garden Grove, CA, United States 09-05-13
    kris Garden Grove, CA, United States 09-05-13 Member Since 2012
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    "You'll Love Tony Danza Even More!"
    What made the experience of listening to I'd Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had the most enjoyable?

    Hearing Tony talk with that trademark accent. You can just picture him sitting across from you sharing his experience.


    What other book might you compare I'd Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had to and why?

    None, this was unique because Tony's experience was unique.


    Which character – as performed by Tony Danza – was your favorite?

    Tony himself. I love the honesty he tells the story with. And I love how he refused to semi-script his reality show, even at the risks that were presented as a result.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laugh at his story telling, I cried with him many times. His soft heart is so admirable!


    Any additional comments?

    Anyone who has been in the teaching profession or even knows someone in the teaching profession will love this book. It is so relatable. Plus, who DOESN'T love Tony Danza?!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joan P. Austin, TX, USA 08-28-13
    Joan P. Austin, TX, USA 08-28-13 Member Since 2010

    JPF

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    "JUST WHAT I NEEDED"
    Would you listen to I'd Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had again? Why?

    Tony Danza captures in this book the desire that I have now at a midpoint of my life. I also am changing careers and becoming a teacher after a career in another field. Mr. Danza captures the desire and drive that makes a person try to do something new at a older time in their life. Also, he captures why teaching is so incredibly important and a worthwhile endeavor even though it is really hard, time consuming, sometimes thankless and sometimes defeating career. Thank you Mr. Danza for giving those that decide to make education a priority a worthwhile career and passion to have at any point in a person's career path. This was my pat on the back every time I listened so I know that the work is worth it. Thank you.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book is full of extreme reactions! I laughed out loud! I cringed, and cried.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a wonderful book for those with teenagers and for those going into teaching or have a question about making a career change especially if it is into teaching.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Chocolate Chip Stamper Coastal Georgia 08-01-13
    Chocolate Chip Stamper Coastal Georgia 08-01-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Validates the Teaching Profession"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this audiobook to my friends...especially those who work in education. It felt good to hear someone "outside" of the field validate teaching as a profession. Mr. Danza was so intuitive about issues and constraints that teachers are faced with. As a teacher, I felt "respected" by Tony Danza merely by the choice of my career and dedication to it. I also enjoyed his fun ideas in the classroom. :)


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Of course, Tony Danza! He was an inspiration...creative, caring, passionate, and dedicated.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    ...the scenes where he shared innovative ideas for getting his students excited about learning


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    ...not necessarily, but I found I couldn't wait to listen to more


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Steven Calgary, Alberta, Canada 07-03-13
    Steven Calgary, Alberta, Canada 07-03-13 Member Since 2005
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    "A year well spent."
    Would you consider the audio edition of I'd Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the book but I think Mr. Danza's performance lent some personality to the audiobook that the paper version would not have conveyed.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tony


    What about Tony Danza’s performance did you like?

    Tony Danza has a unique and recognizable voice so his reading gave of his own story became more personal.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Some laughter, some sadness, lot's of appreciation for the truly gifted and dedicated educators in our world.


    Any additional comments?

    If you have any love of learning and value teachers, this book is worth the credit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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