Robert Wilder's Tales from the Teachers' Lounge is absolutely dominating my reading time lately. I am surrounded by teachers in my family and am well aware of how impossibly tough of a career the teaching profession can be. I honestly don't see how they do it every day.
My own job can be pretty thankless and stressful, but at least I leave it at the time clock pretty easily. It never stops for the teacher. If it's not the kids, it's the administration. If it's not the administration, it's the parents. My dad once got out of a speeding ticket when the cop found out that he was a Metro school teacher and felt his pain.
Robert Wilder gets it right. He's funny and charming suffers gladly in his role as educator to our children. He's Rick Reilly in a classroom, always going for the laugh, always speaking from the heart.
Whether you're a teacher, a parent, or maybe a student who needs to know just what your teachers go through all day, pick up Tales from the Teachers' Lounge and smile.