Whiteboard Jungle

A Year in the Life of an Angry Middle School Teacher
By Denise Chase Kirejczyk
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13 Digit ISBN: 978-1-62652-541-2
LCCN: 2008939664
Price: $23.95
Trim: 5" x 8"
Format (pb/hc): Paperback
Pages: 354
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Remember those television shows Our Miss Brooks, Room 222 and Saved By the Bell? Well, let's be honest, teaching isn't anything like that anymore! After teaching school for over twelve years, Denise Chase has written a hilarious, insightful and astonishingly candid journal chronicling one of her years as a middle school teacher. In The Whiteboard Jungle, we meet the students (good and … well, not so good), the administrators (well intentioned, not so good, and well … even worse), and parents (okay, you get the picture). Though comedic, her journal has a serious side as well. It gives vivid and often appalling vignettes of students hopelessly preoccupied with themselves and pop culture, officials presiding over a dysfunctional and foundering system, teachers grappling with frustrations and sometimes leaving the profession, and parents deluded into thinking their kids are blameless angels whose poor grades must be the fault of teachers. But the many rewarding parts of teaching are nicely presented too. We meet earnest students who, despite grim home lives, are determined to succeed, and unruly students who with some prodding decide to turn their lives around. And at the end, we experience the pride in seeing 8th graders ''cross the stage'' and go on to new life challenges. The Whiteboard Jungle should be read by teachers, prospective teachers, and perhaps most importantly by parents of students. All will enjoy the humor and come away more knowledgeable of today's educational system.


Denise Chase Kirejczyk lives in Pacifica, California with her family.