Front of the Class: How Tourette Syndrome Made Me the Teacher I Never Had

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St. Martin's Press, Nov 25, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 272 pages

As a child with Tourette syndrome, Brad Cohen was ridiculed, beaten, mocked, and shunned. Children, teachers, and even family members found it difficult to be around him. As a teen, he was viewed by many as purposefully misbehaving, even though he had little power over the twitches and noises he produced, especially under stress. Even today, Brad is sometimes ejected from movie theaters and restaurants.

But Brad Cohen's story is not one of self-pity. His unwavering determination and fiercely positive attitude conquered the difficulties he faced in school, in college, and while job hunting. Brad never stopped striving, and after twenty-four interviews, he landed his dream job: teaching grade school and nurturing all of his students as a positive, encouraging role model. Front of the Class tells his inspirational story.

 

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Contents

FOREWORD
PREFACE
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
A PLAYABLE IDENTITY
OUT OF CONTROL
TICS ARE IN SEASON
THE WONDERBREADANDMIRACLEWHIP DIET
INTRODUCING THE STRANGER
REPRISE AND SURPRISE
COLORING OUTSIDE THE LINES
EPILOGUE
APPENDIXThoughts on Living with Tourette Syndrome and Other Disabilities
Find a simple way to explain your disability to others
Recast your disability as an opportunity
Make no excuses
Advocate for yourselfbe assertive

THE INVITATION
WHEN THE THING WINS
STUDENT TEACHING
BARKING UP THE WRONG TREES
DIRE IRE MIRE HIRE
WE WONT PLAY HIDEANDSEEK
GOING TO THE CUTTING EDGE
REMEMBERING HEATHER
Sometimes to overcome obstacles you can just go around them
Know your strengths and weaknesses
Use the onechance rule
Pick and choose your battles
Photo Album
RESOURCES
INDEX
Copyright

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About the author (2008)

BRAD COHEN is a motivational speaker, teacher and author, and the recipient of Georgia's First Class Teacher of the Year award. He founded a camp for children with Tourette's, and has appeared on Oprah. In 2006, Front of the Class won the Independent Publisher's Education Book of the Year Award. Brad's life is the subject of a Hallmark Hall of Fame Movie.

Coauthor LISA WYSOCKY is an author, motivational speaker, and owner of a public-relations firm.

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