Lee Gutkind, ed.

What I Didn't Know

True Stories of Becoming a Teacher

In Fact Books 2016

New Books in EducationNew Books in Politics & SocietyNew Books Network January 11, 2017 Trevor Mattea

In this episode, I speak with Lee Gutkind, the editor of What I Didn’t Know: True Stories of Becoming a Teacher (In Fact Books,...

In this episode, I speak with Lee Gutkind, the editor of What I Didn’t Know: True Stories of Becoming a Teacher (In Fact Books, 2016). His book shares more than twenty firsthand accounts of teachers working in different contexts. We discuss how personal narratives can contribute to our understanding a profession, the writing process, and the similarities and difference between these stories and those featured in his other work.

He recommends the following books for listeners interested in his work and our conversation:

I Wasn’t Strong Like This When I Started Out: True Stories of Becoming a Nurse by Lee Gutkind
Frank Sinatra Has a Cold and Other Essays by Gay Talese
You Can’t Make This Stuff Up: The Complete Guide to Writing Creative Nonfiction–from Memoir to Literary Journalism and Everything in Between by Lee Gutkind

Gutkind joins New Books in Education for the interview. To share your thoughts on the podcast, you can connect with him on Twitter at @LeeGutkind.


Trevor Mattea is an educational consultant and speaker. His areas of expertise include deeper learning, parent involvement, project-based learning, and technology integration. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter at @tsmattea.

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