I'm a Teacher, Get Me Out of Here!

by Francis Gilbert | Biographies & Memoirs |
ISBN: Global Overview for this book
Registered by Mamooo of -- Somewhere in Hertfordshire , Hertfordshire United Kingdom on 5/30/2004
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9 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by Mamooo from -- Somewhere in Hertfordshire , Hertfordshire United Kingdom on Sunday, May 30, 2004
This book made me laugh. I bought it after seeing a review in the TES and wasn't disappointed. It tells the story of a young teacher trying to survive his NQT (Newly Qualified Teacher) year in what seems a pretty scary comprehensive school. There are ups and downs and its realistic which makes it very readable. I really enjoyed this book, although it did make me glad i'm not teaching at secondary level!

I'm now opening this up as a bookring.

Journal Entry 2 by Mamooo from -- Somewhere in Hertfordshire , Hertfordshire United Kingdom on Tuesday, June 01, 2004
Bookring Rules (Adapted from Muffin77)

1) Everyody should try to leave a journal entry when receiving the book and after they have read it! Please let us know what you think about it...

2) When you have finished reading the book PM the next person on the list for a mailing address and if that person doesn't answer within 7 days please PM the one after...

3) Everybody should also try to read the book relatively soon after getting it - but take the time to enjoy it. It's not about how many books someone can read within a certain amount of time - it's about having quality time with a good read! ... and also to remember the story... one day you may be in the same situation and then it's good to know that those things don't only happen to you :)

4) You can send the book via surface mail or airmail - that is completely up to you!!!

5) If you find you don't have the time to read it when it's your turn please PM me and I'll move you to a later slot. Or if I've put you in an slot where you need to send internationally and don't want to do this, let me know.

Thanks and happy reading!

The order for this book ring is:

1. Inkognitoh (UK)
2. Tabyorky (UK)

3. KatColorado (Switzerland)
4. Evacorges (Netherlands)

5. Keeprdg (US)
6. Reader1107 (US)
7. Lorit5 (US)
8. AspenMoonlight (US)
9. Cmjuliep (US)
9. Natasha 13 (Canada) (no longer wishes to read)

10. EDDI (Australia)
11. Pajarito (Australia)

12. Lilb (Japan) (away til 4 April)

13. DEESSE (France)

14. Loribee (UK)
15. Chelseagirl (UK)

... and back to Reading-Fairy

Journal Entry 3 by Mamooo from -- Somewhere in Hertfordshire , Hertfordshire United Kingdom on Tuesday, June 01, 2004
Sending this book out this afternoon... bracing the rain and cold that mother nature has decided to send us in the month of June!

On its way to Inkognitoh!

Enjoy it!

Journal Entry 4 by inkognitoh from London, Greater London United Kingdom on Friday, June 04, 2004
I am thrilled to be in receipt of this book as I've been hankering to read it. It received a great review in The Guardian.

Having spent two years in an Education Degree I am looking forward to patting myself on the back over my decision to get out hah hah.

Journal Entry 5 by inkognitoh from London, Greater London United Kingdom on Sunday, June 06, 2004
I thoroughly enjoyed this fast and furious run through the halls of an inner city school. This book arrived at just the right time for me to take a break from reading a heavier tome.

The thing that comes across loud and clear is that Gilbert loves the kids, I wish I'd had him as a teacher! I don't think I would have been able to plough on through conditions like he had to face with the same amount of energy and enthusiasm and this book enforced for me that I made the right decision not to complete my Education Degree all those years ago.

Thanks Reading Fairy for giving me the opportunity to read this fabulously inspired tale of education on the fly.

Journal Entry 6 by tabyorky from Doncaster, South Yorkshire United Kingdom on Thursday, June 10, 2004
Received in the post today.

Journal Entry 7 by tabyorky from Doncaster, South Yorkshire United Kingdom on Friday, June 18, 2004
Started reading this book.

Journal Entry 8 by tabyorky from Doncaster, South Yorkshire United Kingdom on Monday, June 21, 2004
An interesting read of how a teacher copes working in a school.

Journal Entry 9 by tabyorky from Doncaster, South Yorkshire United Kingdom on Monday, June 28, 2004
Posted book to Katcolorado today.

Journal Entry 10 by KatColorado from Zürich, Zürich Switzerland on Wednesday, June 30, 2004
It arrived today in perfect shape. I'm looking forward to read it soon, I'll give my best to read it before my holidays otherwise it can do a littel journey extra with me to Italy ;-))

thx Reading-Fairy and tabyorky

Journal Entry 11 by KatColorado from Zürich, Zürich Switzerland on Saturday, July 03, 2004
I'm a teacher and so I compared myself to Francis Gilbert and his story. It's not easy to imagine this school he taught, 'cause I only ever was once in an English school and that was for a visit of a few hours. It seemed really different from Swiss schools. But the school he describes seems even further away from my reality. I think the situation in Switzerland is a lot easier. We have smaller classes, probably more funds. On the other hand we don't have this system with support teachers, which sounds really interesting to me.

I also think that Francis Gilbert is a good teacher to have, because he cares, but he doesn't care so much that he gives up himself, which I think would be quite dangerous. It's sad that good teachers often leave difficult schools and a lot of failures stay there. As it seems, it wasn't like that at Truss school, in the end it turned out to be ok.

Journal Entry 12 by KatColorado at on Monday, July 05, 2004
Released on Monday, July 05, 2004 at Postal release in Zürich, Zürich Controlled Releases.

I will send this book on to evacorges this afternoon. I hope it travels safely.

Journal Entry 13 by evacorges on Sunday, July 11, 2004
This was sent to me as part of a book ring, and I read it from cover to cover in a single day (hmm, reading while cooking is not necessarily a good thing...)
and of course enjoyed it very much.
This is not a difficult book, but the content provides a nice read for a day off. Take it with you on holiday!
I won't, I shall be sending it on to the next lucky person on the list...

Journal Entry 14 by reader1107 from Tucson, Arizona USA on Monday, September 20, 2004
I received this book in today's mail. Thank you so much for starting this book ring! I look forward to reading this book!

Journal Entry 15 by reader1107 from Tucson, Arizona USA on Thursday, October 14, 2004
It took me a little while to get into this book because I didn't originally care for the jumpy essay style, especially after the book I'd just finished prior to this. However, I stuck with it and was glad I did. I really could relate to some of his experiences, including with his fellow teachers, evaluations, disruptive students, etc. He reminded me that I'm REALLY glad I'm in third and not still teaching sixth grade! It really does make a difference how much support you have! In my first teaching job, it was my mentor who was stabbing me in the back to the other teachers and the parents.

Should be able to mail this tomorrow, or Saturday at the latest!

Released on Tuesday, October 26, 2004 at about 4:00:00 PM BX time (GMT-06:00) Central Time (US & Canada) at Enjoy! in Controlled Release, Given to a fellow bookcrosser Controlled Releases.


This book is finally on its way to the next person! :-)

Journal Entry 17 by lorit5 from Pocomoke City, Maryland USA on Saturday, November 06, 2004
Received this book as part of a bookring yesterday, 5 Nov. I am reading another bookring now and this will be next. Thanks, I am really looking forward to reading this!!

Journal Entry 18 by aspenmoonlight from Weatherford, Texas USA on Wednesday, January 05, 2005
Well, I'm having a hard time getting into this book, but I'm not sure if it's because of the book itself or if it's because I'm having a challenging year as a first-year teacher and am not able to sit a enjoy reading anything besides my TE's at this point. I'm going to give it another shot and will journal on it again before I send it on to the next person.

Journal Entry 19 by aspenmoonlight at controlled release in Benbrook, Texas USA on Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Released 15 yrs ago (3/16/2005 UTC) at controlled release in Benbrook, Texas USA



Sending off to cmjuliep. I was never able to get into this book; it was time to send it on. Hope everyone else enjoys it though!

Journal Entry 20 by cmjuliep from New Hartford, New York USA on Monday, March 28, 2005
I received this 2 days ago and read it the same day. I thought it was mediocre, as I've had the first year of teaching from hell experience already and my second year is WONDERFUL! So I guess this was too realistically depressing for me when at the moment I just want to celebrate how joyous it is to teach secondary school. I was disturbed by the capital punishment and inappropriate handling of the children--I felt bad that Gilbert sold out, in a sense. But then again, so did I. In my teacher ed courses I maintained that I wanted to reach the down-and-out, less fortunate kids, but I'm thrilled to be teaching in a "good" district after all. Not an overly uplifting, shocking, or entertaining read--just mediocre.

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