Reflections from a Teacher's First Year
Published by: TCU Press
170 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 in
- Published: December 2023
Nothing could prepare Curby Alexander for the trials and triumphs that awaited in his first year as a teacher. Through the pages of Chalk Dust, readers will witness the evolution of a fourth-grade teacher as he grapples with feelings of incompetence and vulnerability.
From the haunting echo of footsteps in his empty classroom to the quiet battles fought against loneliness and self-doubt, Alexander’s story is a candid exploration of the highs and lows of teaching. But within the struggle, there emerge small yet powerful victories—moments of growth, hope, and unexpected laughter. Every heartwarming achievement, every agonizing setback, is laid bare as Alexander learns to navigate the emotional and intellectual complexities of the teaching profession.
As the final bell rings and the chalk dust settles, Alexander's experiences working with students and their parents become subtle reminders of the value of lifelong learning, and the enduring strength of human connection. Chalk Dust is more than just a memoir; it's a testament to the indomitable spirit of educators and an invitation for readers to reflect on their own paths, and the immeasurable impact they can have on the lives of others.