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.
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.