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I'd Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had Audiobook

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

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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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    gulpirak TX 04-08-16
    gulpirak TX 04-08-16 Member Since 2016

    Give me horror and history.

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    "It's All True"

    He tells the truth about what we're going through. Read this if you want an honest look at the first year of teaching.

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    Amazon Customer 04-06-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Wonderful surprise!"

    I had low expectations of this book. I originally purchased as an extra at a 2 books for 1 credit sale. I am so glad I did!!! I appreciated the authenticity of the author. and the insights good & bad about his year teaching in public inner city schools. This is not your ordinary "celebrity" book. Give it a listen at least through the 3rd chapter. I bet you will be pleasantly surprised.

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    Patrick Milton, FL, United States 04-05-16
    Patrick Milton, FL, United States 04-05-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Who knew Mr. Danza had this in him?"

    I believe this book is worth a listen. I am a retired military officer and my daughter has a degree in education and is looking for a job as a teacher. I downloaded this book because I had an interest in what it was like during the first year for a new teacher. I sure got my moneys worth. I wish I'd known about the book earlier, I think Tony Danza has the intelligence, sincere concern, and charisma that would enable him to make a great president. Bottom line I guess it's up to the kids to make the most of their opportunities and for the most part if they get an education it is in spite of the system. And God bless the teachers.

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    A. Glen Gardner, NJ, United States 02-12-16
    A. Glen Gardner, NJ, United States 02-12-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Thank you Mr Danza!"

    ...for telling our story with heart, truth, and passion. And for reminding us teachers that we are not alone in our struggle on behalf of our students.

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    Thomas McKinney, TX 10-20-15
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    "Great story"

    I bought this a while back and never listened to it. When I finally did I finished It in one sitting. It was a great story and I love when famous people take the time to narrate their books themselves.

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    Jackie Nelson 09-06-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A powerful commentary on education in the US. "

    a terrific, touching account of teaching in an inner city school. made better by being read by the author. a must read/listen for teachers and students.

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    David Northeast Kingdom, VT 06-16-15
    David Northeast Kingdom, VT 06-16-15

    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.

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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
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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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