COME SEPTEMBER, Journey of a High School Teacher
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The word “teacher” conjures up so many conflicting images, because it is a word so rich in meaning, that revealing you’re a teacher, without the chance to expound a bit on what that signifies, is like being thirty-nine years and eleven months old but telling people you’re thirty-something. The book personalizes what it means to be a teacher, a student, and a parent as generations change from one to another. Books like UP THE DOWN STAIRCASE by Bel Kaufman, and TEACHER MAN by Frank McCourt are what can truly influence teaching in positive ways, and my book falls into that category, education from the point of view of an actual teacher, not a theorist. My work was cut out for me. The book is filled with advice for young teachers based upon experience of the writer, advice that will never be found in college methods classes.. Alternately funny and touching, COME SEPTEMBER, conveys the story of every high school teacher’s struggle to enlighten both himself and his pupils, encountering along the way, battles
and what a fascinating journey you had I was a former student at MHS from 69' to 73'. This book brought back, to me, so many memories. I was not the author's class student however I was a member of the speech and debate team, in those days. Half of the fun, I had, reading this memoir was deciphering the different characters under the cloak of anonymity for privacy sake. I love the "Frazieresk" humor that Mr. B had 20 years before that sitcom character was ever developed. I was, also, very touched by the heartfelt caring and humility that a devoted teacher has. Thanks for being that impressionable tea. Funny and sincere. I absolutely loved "Come September", it was funny to read but also very sincere in its message that teaching is a wonderful and sometimes upsetting career. The stories were full of sincerity and real emotions that made it difficult to put down. I found myself reading parts aloud to anyone near me and also laughing out loud in public places, with a complete disregard for any looks by strangers that should have reminded me of our social cues. I was genuinely sad when the book ended and wanted more to read. I think if you are a teacher this book needs to be on your. "A Humorous, Heartfelt Account of an Artist/Teacher" according to Karen R. Clark. This book for me was a page turner. John Bolinger captures the atmosphere and culture of this Northern Indiana blue collar community and expresses in romantic prose with dashes of hilarity the realities, trials and tribulations of educating and opening the minds of his students. In Come September, Bolinger includes some basic devices of poetry and how he championed his students to create their own. I am reminded of Mary Oliver's A POETRY HANDBOOK; and Natalie Goldberg's fresh take on writing in WRITING DOWN THE BONES and the importance of structure and freedom.