I recently received and read a copy of When Teaching Gets Tough by Allen N. Mendler, as did many other ASCD members. This book arrived at a very timely moment. I work with an amazing group of educators and everyday I am thankful to have the professionals around me that I do. We are constantly looking at our systems, communication and how these impact the culture of our learning community. This book speaks to both teachers and administrators in practical and direct ways. I think that’s what I appreciate the most. Many education books that come my way have interesting points and information, but often the altitude of the conversation is in the atmosphere. Having a text with practical and direct ideas was helpful. In particular, I would encourage everyone to review the reflection questions and conversations at the end of each chapter. I plan to use this text to frame some of our staff inservice and PD in the next several months. This is definitely a good, quick read that I would recommend to anyone interested in continuing to improve the culture of a school.