Must Read: Schooled
About 8 years ago, I met Stephanie Jankowski of When Crazy Meets Exhaustion through some sort of blogging something. Specific, right? I have no clue how I’ve made friends with several of my bloggy friends, but I distinctly remember connecting with Jankowski as we were both online English teachers married to math teachers. We both had a boy and a girl, and we just clicked. So I knew when Jankowski published her book, Schooled, it was a no-brainer for me to grab my own copy and dig in. Good choice on my part!
Throughout Schooled, I felt like I was basically living my own teaching experience. Jankowski writes about that awkward feeling of being barely any older than your students and that embarrassing moment when one of your colleagues somehow forgets that you’re a teacher and fusses at you for not having a pass.
Jankowski describes with bittersweet perfection the pain of losing a student to a senseless car accident. How this loss cannot be explained or forgotten but that life does – and must – go on.
And Jankowski makes me laugh in solidarity at the ridiculous yet creative excuses students (and even their parents) can present for not having homework or not being at school on time and everything else under the sun.
Have you ever been put in charge of a group you weren’t sure about? Maybe students convinced you to be their sponsor, and you accept out of the goodness of your heart only to discover that in the end, they’ve taught you more than you could have ever imagined?
Or perhaps you’ve made the shift from face-to-face brick and mortar teaching to the online world like I did for almost a decade only to realize that people aren’t much different from the folks you encountered in the workroom — only this time, they’re behind a screen in yoga pants.
And maybe you’ve had to present an award or make an announcement but then goofed that entire experience by jumbling up your words and gracing everyone in the audience with a major, huge language faux pas?
Jankowski’s stories are so true to the teacher experience that it’s impossible to not read and nod your head at the same time.
Get your own copy!
Jankowski has seen it all and shares it all in Schooled. If you’re a teacher, read it. If you know or love a teacher, get it for them so they can read it. It’s well worth every penny.
Purchase your own copy of Schooled by visiting When Crazy Meets Exhaustion!
I purchased a copy of Schooled for my own reading pleasure and loved it enough to write a review. I was compensated in no way by the author or publisher.
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