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Books teachers should read?

Discussion in 'Personal' started by les25paul, Dec 22, 2015.

  1. les25paul

    les25paul Star commenter

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  2. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    Since I became a teacher I no longer have time to read and anyway my concentration span is so short now I'm not sure I .........
  3. monicabilongame

    monicabilongame Star commenter

    I've only read Treasure Island out of the list. It's my policy to read the books the students are reading, so that involves many pleasant visits to the school library to exchange pleasantries with the librarians (who are usually generally ignored unless someone wants to dump a class in there) and borrowing books, discussing books and sometimes being asked for one's opinion on age suitability too.

    Some kids' books are great reads. And it means being able to recommend books to students who you know are reluctant readers.
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  4. Flere-Imsaho

    Flere-Imsaho Star commenter

    What a joyless list.
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  5. Didactylos4

    Didactylos4 Star commenter

    I've read three
    And of them your choice and Hard Times were the only ones I'd recommend
  6. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    Oh dear... another pseudo-intellectual list... ask people for a list of books they'd recommend and it's always the worthy ones.

    Treasure Island is the only one smacking of honesty. Not a Jack Reacher among them ha! ;)
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  7. Flere-Imsaho

    Flere-Imsaho Star commenter

    Even Treasure Island is worthy. In fifty years time people will still be recommending it rather than confess they actually enjoyed the Wimpy Kid books more.
  8. Didactylos4

    Didactylos4 Star commenter

    I dread the day when Pratchett stories become "worthy"
  9. artboyusa

    artboyusa Star commenter


    He should have been the one who said Treasure Island. Yaarr!!!
  10. sabrinakat

    sabrinakat Star commenter

    Oh, dear - I rather like the whimsy within the Pratchett books.

    As for the list above, i've read Hard Times, none of the others. However, books that should be read by everyone is far more interesting:

    (in no particular order):

    To Kill a Mockingbird
    Catcher in the Rye
    Great Expectations
    North and South (Elizabeth Gaskell)
    The Great Gatsby
    The Murder of Roger Ackroyd

    Probably many more, especially more modern texts
    (I could give an even longer list for non-fiction!)
  11. magic surf bus

    magic surf bus Star commenter

    A few years ago I decided to read more 'classic' books, and Treasure Island was the most disappointing of all of the titles I've read so far. It reminded me of those Tom Baker Dr Who epsiodes where the script writers used to fill in a spare five minutes by making them run aimlessly round corridors before being recaptured by the space villain.

    I wouldn't give up what little spare time I had outside the teaching day to reading books on Education.
  12. MrsArmitage

    MrsArmitage Occasional commenter

    If all the other stuff isn't enough to put you off teaching, that list sure would do! I've just bought a new copy of 'Frog and Toad are friends' by Arnold Lobel and 'The little grey men go down the bright stream' by BB. For no other reason than I like them.
  13. Vince_Ulam

    Vince_Ulam Star commenter

    Larry Flanagan's the only person there who passes the Pie, Peas & Pint test. Arguably the only person there.
  14. Sid_Pubes

    Sid_Pubes Senior commenter

    All teachers should read

    The Harpole Report by J L Carr - simply the best, funniest and truest book about how schools work ever written.

    The Teachers by G W Target, which was, in about 1966, the subject of a motion of censure at the NUT conference - in itself a good recommendation, you may feel.
  15. knitone

    knitone Lead commenter

    I have only read 'Treasure Island', but I do own a copy of 'Hard Times'. Does this count?
    I agree Sabrinakat. I did English at university and I have read a lot worse than Pratchett.
  16. Didactylos4

    Didactylos4 Star commenter

    So do I hence my somewhat tongue in cheek comment :)
  17. racroesus

    racroesus Star commenter

    What sort of arrogant Pollock recommends a book that teachers should read?
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  18. Sillow

    Sillow Lead commenter

    I haven't read any of those, but having seen how dull-sounding and academic the list mostly is, I don't feel bad about it. I will go back to my historical books, my fantasy and my Sci-fi without any guilt.
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  19. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

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  20. Jude Fawley

    Jude Fawley Star commenter

    'Treasure Island' and 'Hard Times' is what I also thought straight away.

    Particularly 'Treasure Island'.

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