The book is about a high school teacher's first year of teaching. Teacher education classes are heavy on psychology, theory and outcomes. This book is about none of that. This is a trench level walk-through, daily or weekly, of that first year, discussing issues a new teacher faces, or dodges. You will be exposed to sometimes minute by minute problems and opportunities a teacher deals with in class, and sometimes in the hallways. There is success, failure, fights, fear, and fun. You will feel the angst about whether the whole thing is working, sudden needs to abandon plans and improvise, and the relentless need for preparation. This view of the first year is not found in classic education classes. As an ethics professor said, as we go on this walk through the year, don't wear your nice shoes.