Welcome to Mr. Smith’s High School classroom, a run-down portable on the edge of campus. He’s a rookie English teacher who suspects sly-eyed rats, leaky ceiling tiles, and an outlandish principal means he’s living the plot of an inspirational movie. He’s ready for the magic . . .
. . . until a motley cast of first-years make it clear he’s the one who needs help. Feeling fragmented and frantic, it’s no wonder he smokes the cigarettes he confiscates from kids.
Magical Teaching assigns the hilarious and heartbreaking project of capturing the ups and downs of a single school year. Narrating with self-effacing honesty and a hint of hindsight, Smith speaks from the heart about his classroom—and finds it illuminated by the story of American education.