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I still haven’t read A Smile as Big as the Moon: A Special Education Teacher, His Class, and Their Inspiring Journey Through U.S. Space Camp or Teaching in the Terrordome: Two Years in West Baltimore with Teach for America, but maybe I’ve had enough teacher stories.

Ah. Never!

Where do we go from here? The series concludes Monday with Part III, and I hope you’ll join us. I hope too you’ll check back here for stories about teaching written by real teachers, and join us on Facebook for silly and serious ed-related news. Check out some of these movies and books for yourself.

If you’re looking for a HILARIOUS memoir, check out Educating Esme.
If you’re looking for touching, literary non-fiction, it doesn’t get better than Among Schoolchildren by Tracy Kidder.
If you want schaudenfraude, watch Teach: Tony Danza.
For nostalgia, you can’t go wrong with Summer School (with Mark Harmon from JAG).
For all you professors, Walking on Water: Reading, Writing, and Revolution by Derrick Jensen offers some critical mid-quarter (or mid-career) kick-in-the-pants inspiration.
Donald Barthelme’s short story “The School” is beautiful and true-to-life (from Sixty Stories).

The revolutionaries should read religious texts and maybe something about fishing.

Derek Smith

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  1. December 9, 2012

    I don’t think I want a kick-in-the-pants . . .

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