"I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something that I can do." Helen Keller

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Welcome to my blog!I'm a teacher in a beautiful, small, rural town. I moved here a few years ago, but I have taught over 20 years in this same small town that is now my home. My experience is in teaching second, third, and fourth grades with one year in sixth grade. I am always reading, learning, and reflecting on what goes on in my classroom. I love the work that I do with the parents, my fellow teachers, and most all-my students.I hope you will enjoy reading my blog.
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Monday, June 13, 2011


I discovered this little gem in the Kindle Summer sale in the $0.99 to $2.99 price range. There are so many Kindle books that are free that I have become quite stingy when it comes to paying for a book, but I read the reviews, and BUY WITH 1-CLICK, and it was downloaded immediately to my collection.
I only started reading Learn Me Good yesterday. If you are expecting  a Ron Clark-type story, then you are in for a surprise. Here’s a quick synopsis: A down and out engineer ( a Duke grad) goes back to school after becoming laid-off and becomes an elementary teacher. The story is told through a series of emails from the engineer back to a friend at his former job.
Sad thing is it’s true, and if you’re a wise person you can figure out for yourself that  most engineers ( God love ‘em) and little kids don’t generally mix.
Admittedly I went into reading this book with a shield up: I am not going to laugh because he is probably going to make fun of teachers, and as far as teaching goes, he’s an outsider.

That’s exactly why  LEARN ME GOOD by John Pearson is so good. A “fish out of water story” it is, but he is not laughing at us because he is one of us. John Pearson became  a teacher.

I have only read roughly about a third ( it’s on my Kindle so I’m at about 30%), but I had to put it down because I was wiping tears from my eyes.  It was that funny, and I was laughing that hard.
All I can say is if you have taught school you’ve met the kids in Mr. Person’s class, and if you say you haven’t as they kids say “you lie!”



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