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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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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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    kristy Alrexandria, VA, United States 06-27-13
    kristy Alrexandria, VA, United States 06-27-13
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    Where does I'd Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Middle


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

    Everytime he connected w the students.


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

    Him.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Many...makes you appreciate your past teachers...have hope hat there are many more like him....but frustrated that schools in posh areas receive far more funding just bc of the area and eliteness, when 5 miles away there are kids in HS who cant read... And it all right in our Nations Capitol...disgraceful! I applauded Mr. Danza for brining so many of the struggles by teachers, administration, etc.


    Any additional comments?

    I could still picture 'tony' from who's the boss through the story.....:)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin WEST CHESTER, OHIO, United States 06-25-13
    Kevin WEST CHESTER, OHIO, United States 06-25-13 Member Since 2013
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    "An unexpected delight"
    Where does I'd Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I've listened to quite a few audiobooks. This particular book ranks in the top 10% of those books.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tony Danza. Author, narrator and teacher, he was by far my favorite. Not only did he read the book, which for me always adds something special to the audio presentation and to the characters, but he painted a picture of his class that invoked both compassion for the kids and sympathy for Mr. D's plight.

    I myself am a first year teacher, thrown in over my head into classes I'm barely qualified to teach. I met a friend in Mr. D's and would have liked to be in his class myself.


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

    I think my favorite is when he puts the class into a character, as if they react as a single, unified force. The class talks like a single person. Those are my favorite.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Adoption fancy. Both real and heartbreaking, it is unbelievable what some city kids can go through in their lives. In the end, they are just kids. They need us both as teachers and adults. Mr. D found out how hard it is to reach students who don't have parents, or don't have a parent, or don't have anyone who cares.

    The poetry section almost made me cry.


    Any additional comments?

    A great audio book, concise and entertaining. I recommend it to any teacher or parent.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    John M. Sonntag Norfolk, VA 06-20-13
    John M. Sonntag Norfolk, VA 06-20-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Impactful, DEFINITELY worth a listen"
    What did you love best about I'd Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had?

    I most enjoyed the emotion and the personal impact on Danza's life from a year of teaching.

    I choose this book hoping it would influence my decision to enter teaching in my 50s, as Dnaza did, more or less. I will give it a try based on how he described the profound impact teaching had on his life.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Tony Danza? Why or why not?

    Doubtful. I only listened to this one because of the subject matter.


    Have you listened to any of Tony Danza’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    Danza deserves credit for the most unusual quality of this author-narrated book. Most STINK! This one is decent.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    David Northeast Kingdom, VT 06-16-15
    David Northeast Kingdom, VT 06-16-15 Member Since 2015

    True multitasking is "reading" a book while walking, running, kayaking, doing chores, gardening, driving or just drifting off to sleep.

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    "Tony Danza is a teacher and a great story teller!"

    There was a TV series a few years back called "Teach! Tony Danza" It was a riveting show about Tony's year as a teacher in a Philadelphia school. The show was only 6 episodes and I knew that there was more to this story so I was really pleased to find this book.

    I also taught high school for a year in a school that was very similar to the one Tony taught in. With a Master's in Education I was supposedly better prepared for the experience, but what I see is that Tony had that quality that I lacked as a young teacher. He is calm. He in fact said something that I have not forgotten since I read this book:

    Tony said, "have the courage to be calm."

    Well he has the courage, not only to be calm but to really care for the students as well. He is a talented man and a beautiful soul. And this is a heartfelt expression of his love for the students. It turns out that Tony always wanted to be a teacher, except that this career in television (and before that boxing) got in his way. Now he finally gets the chance to see what he was missing all those years.

    It is touching and humorous in equal parts. It is narrated by Tony and he does a great job with that as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    sam Anchorage, AK, United States 03-12-15
    sam Anchorage, AK, United States 03-12-15 Member Since 2006

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    "making a dream come true - with unexpected results"

    I enjoyed listening to the story of "Mr. Danza". Skepticism gave way as the stories of the student, teachers and Tony's experience progressed. Tony's drive and dedication shone through as did the apparent results.

    An interesting insight into people who care in a system that sometimes seems not to.

    A light interesting listen that was worth the time.

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    Mama C 02-14-15
    Mama C 02-14-15 Member Since 2008
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    "Uninspiring"

    Teachers are always looking for inspiration. Maybe someone can find it in this book, but I quit reading it after it about 90 minutes because it was more about Danza fulfilling a desire in front of a camera than about teaching.

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    Rachel 01-23-15
    Rachel 01-23-15 Member Since 2010
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    "A must read for teachers!"

    Tony's story crystallizes many of the trials we face daily, but does it with great heart and just enough humor to make it thoroughly enjoyable.

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    Dee 01-05-15
    Dee 01-05-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Great book."

    I like Tony Danza from his television shows. I am a public school educator and am happy to hear that someone acknowledged the challenges of our students and teachers .

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    Ellen 12-24-14
    Ellen 12-24-14

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    "HS has changed a lot since I was there"
    Would you listen to I'd Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had again? Why?

    I enjoyed listening but probably wouldn't listen to the whole book again. There were some commentaries on the experience of teaching that I might want to go back and listen to again since I'm an educator and could related to those experiences.


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

    It seemed like a cross between "Up the Down Staircase" and "Welcome Back Kotter" in the way it was presented. I had never seen the reality TV show that he speaks about in the book so to me that was just background.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I was interested in the book because I attended that particular Philadelphia HS back in the late 60's. I particularly enjoyed descriptions of his experiences at locations I could imagine both inside the school and in the surrounding community which has change a lot since my teen years growing up there. In addition, the student body of the school has become much more diversified, much more like the community college where I teach, so I could relate to some of his experiences with the students and his own comments regarding how much teens have changed or remained the same.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Certainly I felt inspired when he followed through on his commitment to teaching for the whole school year.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't know if everyone would enjoy this as much as I did but educators might enjoy his unique perspective of life in the trenches of public education.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Krista 09-16-14
    Krista 09-16-14
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    "Amazing book"
    Where does I'd Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Really high up on my list


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The author, Tony Danza


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

    The author, Tony Danza


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    I ready about the reviews for this book 5 STARS! It lived up to my expectations and more. I really wish that Tony Danza would write and read another book. He is so fun/funny and has a great voice. I am going into my first year of teaching and I really enjoyed hearing his experiences. Now I am very interested in his show 'Teach.' Hopefully it's on Netflix!

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