To Teach

By William Ayers

Illustrations by Ryan Alexander-Tanner

In his delightfully playful, poetic, and poignant To Teach: The Journey, in Comics, educator and troublemaker Bill Ayers takes readers on a tour of lessons learned throughout his teaching career. Here’s a sampling from this clever adaptation of his memoir To Teach: The Journey of a Teacher, coauthored and illustrated by Ryan Alexander-Tanner.

In this excerpt, Ayers describes a few of the “hundreds of things teachers need to know in order to achieve greatness, many of which are discovered as needed.”
—the editors

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