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" Christine Zajac teaches fifth grade in a racially mixed school in a poor district of Holyoke, Mass. . . . Through Kidder's calmly detailed re-creation of Zajac's daily round we come to know her students' fears and inmost strivings; we also share this teacher's frustrations, loneliness and the rush of satisfaction that comes with helping students learn," wrote PW. "A compelling microcosm of what is wrong--and right--with our educational system."
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I couldn't stop reading about Chris Zajak and her class, the good, the bad and the ugly. I wish I knew what happened to some of these children. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Kindle Customer
Book had no dust jacket and upper corner severely damaged (to the point of seeing visible layers of cardboard). Read morePublished 13 months ago by Nancy Truax
This is a remarkable work by a remarkable writer. Kidder invests time in his subjects on spec. In this case, he spent a year in an elementary school teacher's class. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Robert Duncanson
A must read! Excellent book for education classes or a teacher! I read it in my Foundations of Education class and I love this author a great inspiration on how tough it can be for... Read morePublished 17 months ago by mallory nelson
I found this book at times funny, sad, and optimistic. It's an enjoyable account of a school year at an elementary school in Holyoke, Massachusetts in the late 1980s. Read morePublished 19 months ago by E. Campbell
Was a required reading for class but find to be a must read for beginning teachers. Easy read and good advice/knowledge from those with experience.Published 20 months ago by Maralee Pumphrey
I bought this book because I like the way Tracy Kidder writes. Even though I work in educational settings...at times it was a bit tedious... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Mary Schoenfeldt
In the tradition of Mountains Beyond Mountains, Tracey Kidder takes the reader into an intimate world of which few people are aware or appreciate - this time a public school... Read morePublished on August 20, 2013 by Daniel L. Berek