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A book all teachers should read

Discussion in 'Book club' started by tobychainsaw, Aug 16, 2013.

  1. "He Was Weird" by Michael D LeFevre is a fictional account of bullying people with Asperger's Syndrome. More details of the book and a brief account of the story can be found by clicking this link:

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  2. I thought I should 'unite' this thread with the 'books about teaching overseas' one which has opened up on the 'international' forum.

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Zen-Kyu-Maestro-Adventure-ebook/dp/B00B1I54KG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1359973176&sr=8-1

    There, I've suggested 'Zen Kyu Maestro: An English Teacher's Spanish Adventure' by Jeremy Dean. English primary teacher goes to Spain (with little Spanish) to teach immersion English. Mostly its humourous but now and again it hits you with some economic crisis 'reality' and the implications on all concerned. Thoughtful book, especially where he compares his own experiences learning Spanish with his class learning English. Very insightful.



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  3. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    A quick burst of literary criticism then, having read three books about the Teaching Overseas experience these last few days.

    Firstly, and thanks to JoJo pointing out the book so I could buy it, I had an extremely pleasant weekend reading the book Zen Kyu Maestro. Yes, as he himself says, "Cheremy's" Spanish still needs some polishing - as does John S Taylor's Portuguese in the book about India. [​IMG]

    But I could relate so well to all his stories, as I teach as a volunteer in a state primary school a couple of hundred miles south of where Jeremy is. What means "Sit up" and what means "Sit down" in Espanish? I've heard it all, and seen it all too - including teenage boys voluntarily kissing their mothers and sisters. They also carry umbrellas when they think it's going to rain - how many lads in the UK go out for the evening with their brolly?

    As Jeremy is still in Spain - he had a letter published in the TES this week - we can assume that he has surmounted his initial difficulties. Buy the book so that you are contributing to his pension fund - we all know you don't get much in Spain. I much enjoyed reading it.

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    I have also just finished John S Taylor's opus. I enjoyed this too, but for completely different reasons as I have no experience whatsoever of India. The book was an agreeable mix of school stories, expat experiences and a taste of India. I laughed as I did with Jeremy's book, and I was also fascinated by the view of India. The final chapter - a sort of skit on a school play - rather lost me, but the rest was great. So this is another one that is well worth buying to read by a crackling fire as you scroll through the TES adverts looking for a job in a warmer clime. Or just to read anywhere.

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    And a third book about teaching overseas. This is one to avoid. Utter rot. Spare yourself the effort of even opening it.

    Racist, prejudiced, egocentric. Just cross your fingers you are not going to meet him in the staffroom.

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    Best wishes

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    Meet Theo on line on the TES JobSeekers Forum, or in person at one of the TES Careers Advice Service seminars or individual consultations
     
  4. armandine2

    armandine2 Established commenter

  5. I've seen a few books listed on this forum as a 'must read for all teachers'. It always makes me determined to *not* read them.
     
  6. Enjoy 'A Teacher Overseas' then...
     
  7. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

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    Actually it was so awful that in a funny way I enjoyed it

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    But one book that i have read recently was this one about autism, which I do recommend:

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    Best wishes

    ___________________________________________________

    Meet Theo on line on the TES JobSeekers Forum, or in person at one of the TES Careers Advice Service seminars or individual consultations.
     
  8. Ceinwyn, whilst I have no problem with anyone recommending a read, an instruction to read really irritates me.
     
  9. armandine2

    armandine2 Established commenter

  10. chocolateworshipper

    chocolateworshipper Occasional commenter

    I second Theo's recommendation for "The Reason I Jump"
     
  11. Gorbybaby, that's exactly what annoys me. Along with the assumption that I couldn't possibly understand a topic unless I've read this book about it.
     
  12. 'Teacher Man' by Frank McCourt (also wrote Angela's Ashes) is really insightful, funny, and moving. Made me want to go into teaching!
     
  13. annelda72

    annelda72 New commenter

    Breakdown: The Facts About Teacher Stress

    John Cosgrove

    Really opened my eyes as to why our profession is so incredibly stressful. Worth a read.
     
  14. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Just looked that book up on Amazon, Annelda. It's over &pound;30 *gulp* but there are several secondhand copies for under &pound;3 including postage, if anyone is interested.

    Best wishes

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    Meet Theo on line on the TES JobSeekers Forum, where she answers jobseeking and careers queries regularly each week.
     
  15. annelda72

    annelda72 New commenter

    I got an immaculate second hand copy on Amazon for less than £4!

    Couldn't afford to pay over £30 - haven't had a payrise in 4 years....!
     
  16. princess77

    princess77 New commenter

    Bounce by Matthew Syed. It gives an interesting view on the idea of talent. It makes so much sense to me.
     
  17. Memphismojo

    Memphismojo Established commenter

    I just finished reading it and really enjoyed it. The only thing was that I thought it tapered off slightly at the end.
     
  18. gooddays

    gooddays Senior commenter

    I found The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time helped me better understand my autistic student.
     

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