Author: Frank McCourt
Year Published: 2005
Description: In Teacher Man, best-selling author Frank McCourt recounts with wit and warmth 30 years of teaching English in New York City's public schools, where he employed innovative but unorthodox methods to engage and challenge an assumption of indifference among adolescents. He openly describes feigning confidence at the start, until one day coming to understand that his greatest source of skill lie not in his formal training, but in his relatable life experiences. Published in 2005, the book was McCourt's third and final memoir, following the Pulitzer Prize-winning Angela's Ashes and 'Tis.
'"Instead of teaching, I told stories. Anything to keep them quiet and in their seats. They thought I was teaching. I thought I was teaching. 'And you called yourself a teacher?' I didn't call myself anything. I was more than a teacher. And less."'
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