This week for Book Talk Thursday I’ll be looking at a book not for students, but for educators. Even teachers need time in the ‘reading corner’ with a good book, and as things ramp up towards the holidays it might be the time for a good relaxing read.
This week I’m looking at Close Encounters Of The Third-Grade Kind: Thoughts On Teacherhood by Phillip Done.
Summary: “an award winning veteran of the classroom for twenty-plus years Done chronicles a lively and unforgettable year in third grade”.
My Expectation: A light read with student anecdotes that would hopefully provide a few laughs.
My Thoughts: This book definitely delivered the laughs. Done’s stories about lost keys, spelling mishaps, and frozen neckties had me giggling out loud several times. Throughout all the stress that teaching provides Done has managed to see the good in every one of his students. What I didn’t expect was how touching some of the stories would be. Stories of Christmas deliveries, struggling learnings, and the moments and students that stick with a teacher forever.
If you are looking for a book to get you back into the spirit of teaching- with all the ups and downs that come with it, I highly recommend this book.