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Learn Me Good [Kindle Edition]

John Pearson
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (379 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Jack Woodson was a thermal design engineer for four years until he was laid off from his job. Now, as a teacher, he faces new challenges. Conference calls have been replaced with parent conferences. Product testing has given way to standardized testing. Instead of business cards, Jack now passes out report cards. The only thing that hasn't changed noticeably is the maturity level of the people surrounding him all day. Learn Me Good is a hilarious first-person account, inspired by real life experiences. Through a series of emails to Fred Bommerson, his buddy who still works at Heat Pumps Unlimited, Jack chronicles a year-in-the-life of a brand new teacher. With subject lines such as "Irritable Vowel Syndrome," "In math class, no one can hear you scream," and "I love the smell of Lysol in the morning," Jack writes each email with a dash of sarcasm and plenty of irreverent wit.


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About the Author

John Pearson was born just outside of Washington, DC, but moved to Texas as quickly as he could. Growing up with a passion for science, math, and calculator watches, he obtained engineering degrees and basketball (watching) accolades from Duke University and Texas A&M. His first job out of college was designing small solid-state heat pumps, where his cubicle simply was not big enough to contain him. When the engineering market went sour, he decided to try his hand as a teacher, and he has been a 3rd grade math teacher ever since.
When he's not teaching, he's reading, blogging, or making YouTube videos like "Darth Vader Explains the Pythagorean Theorem."
Learn Me Good was born of the baptism-by-fire nature of Pearson's first year as a teacher.

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  • File Size: 347 KB
  • Print Length: 214 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1411665899
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002C75GXK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #119,455 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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69 of 70 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, Even For Non-Teachers July 31, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
Learn Me Good is an often laugh-out-loud, 'probably-true' story of an engineer who loses his job and ends up teaching 3rd grade math in Dallas, TX.

The book is presented as a series of emails that Mr. Wooden...uh, Woodley...errr...Woodson (read the book, you'll understand that part) sends to a friend at his prior employer about the kids he's teaching and the crazy things they do and say. It's worth the small price of the book just to read the subjects & clever names with which he closes every email, I found myself snickering at several.

I've never raised or worked with children, so I don't read this genre (and wouldn't have, had I not read about it on the Kindle Boards), but I laughed loud enough to startle my dog a few times and found most of the stories to be at the very worst, amusing. Most people who have had or taught small children would get quite a kick out of it.

The author states up front that he's changed all the names and that 'most' of the incidents he recounts are true, lol. The book is a quick, easy read and the author's love of his new-found profession comes shining through in this light-hearted book. I finished it in two nights, which could have been one if I weren't so busy. The book is about 55,000 words. I'm not sure how many pages that translates into, but it's definitely novel-length.

A note about the Kindle edition: I didn't find any typos or grammatical errors (none that weren't intentional, lol), just a couple of odd line breaks. Formatting for Kindle isn't easy. I didn't fine them too distracting & they don't warrant a reformat, in my opinion. To those who worry about errors taking away from the enjoyment of an ebook, you can feel confident in buying this book, it won't disappoint.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant September 4, 2009
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
John Pearson's "Learn Me Good" is an enjoyable little book that you can get for the Kindle fairly cheaply. As many others have explained, the book is a semi-autobiographical account of Pearson's first year of teaching as told by a series of emails to a former coworker at "Heat Pumps R' Us."

There are several laugh out loud funny moments in the book, usually describing kids being innocently silly or budding psychopaths. It is a pleasant and humorous read and for the most part is a G-rated read that most anyone could enjoy. The few PG-13 jokes (among the funniest) would probably go right over kids heads anyhow.

A few things keep the book from earning a few more stars. One ongoing joke about a kid incorrectly spelling a famed four letter word is met at one point by a reference to "Turret's Syndrome." Admittedly this is unintentionally hilarious, but goes to the greater point of the book needing a bit of editing. Also, at times I found Pearson tried a bit too hard to slam jokes and pop culture references into every sentence instead of letting it flow more naturally.

All in all, they are mostly minor complaints and Learn Me Good will give you some excellent laughs. For the price, it is hard to resist.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What elementary teachers really do November 18, 2006
Format:Paperback
John Pearson has managed to put his wry sense of humor into the book, Learn Me Good. For anyone who has spent their days working with elementary-school students, many of these situations will seem familiar -- but funnier because of John's writing style. For those whose only experience in elementary school classrooms was the period of time that they were in elementary school, John's emails describing his life as a teacher will give insight into what teachers really do all day long.

This book would make a great gift to any teacher.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Charming July 10, 2009
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is a very charming story about a former engineer's first year as a third-grade math teacher. The story is told in a series of emails from the new teacher to a former co-worker. The format means that there is not a lot of character development or action, but you still get a picture of how he feels about the various children he struggles to enlighten. Mr. Woodson's affection and dedication overcome his frustration with the school system, TAKS, and stoned parents. It's light reading, entertaining, and touching.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Didn't want this book to end! January 23, 2008
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After each email ended, I was faced with a conundrum: keep reading on or stop and save the rest for later, savoring each email like a piece of fine chocolate. I wanted to keep reading on, but didn't want this book to end!

I stumbled across this book as I searched for books with the same themes as mine (humor, education). The book preview was enough to convince me to buy the book--I liked the author's style of humor and the writing was good.

This book is hilarious! I especially like how the author uses references from previous chapters in subsequent ones, adding to the comedy by making the reader feel like a story insider.

I have so many favorite lines, but I think "Calls me Ishmaels" takes the cake! I hope this author writes more in the future!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant and entertaining but hard to get involved. September 12, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Funny bits of stories about his first teaching class of 3rd grade students.

I would have preferred it written in a story format with his interactions with the children being in a continual story. The e-mail headings jarred my thought process. It made it a 'jerky' read for me. I understand why he wrote it that way and the (unread) remarks from answering e-mails gave me some smiles. Just not worth it overall to me.

I liked the way he handled the learning process(competitions and games) . It's sad that more parents don't take an active interest in their child's learning.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Inside the classroom of a teacher who cares.
I absolutely loved this book! I thoroughly enjoyed his interaction with his students, and the humor he relayed to his friend. Read more
Published 8 days ago by D. Watson
5.0 out of 5 stars Kids are kids - but teachers have to understand and deal with it.
I am a retired teacher, and I could relate so much to what this teacher was talking about. I really enjoyed the way the author used his copies of emails to tell this story. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Peregrine29
5.0 out of 5 stars First Year of Teaching
This book was a lot of fun to read, especially if you're a teacher, a student, or have ever been a student. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sharon Suske
1.0 out of 5 stars John Pearson, not great at all!
Terrible book, this guy tries to be funny but fails dismally. If you want to give it a berth in your bookcase, give it a wide one.
Published 1 month ago by Brett Strachan
1.0 out of 5 stars extremely funny!
Loved reading the tales of his classroom. Having worked in public schools for almost 20 years, know that all that he describes can and does happen. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Nancy Hoopingarner
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious
This was such a funny book (although I would have liked to see the responses from the other guy). Can't wait to read the rest of the series.
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars FUNNY!
This book is extremely funny as you go through 3rd grade all over again, although they don't sound like 3rd graders...
Published 3 months ago by B. C. Leclerc
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read
This book was excellently written, with just the right amount of humor. I couldn't put it down! Can't wait to read the second one!
Published 3 months ago by Denise
5.0 out of 5 stars What a Great Read
I've laughed over and over. Well written, but lends itself to reading in small bites because of the style. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Hilarie
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
Enjoyed this book. Love the way the book was written. You get a years worth of one sided e-mails between a teacher, and a friend, telling the funny happenings in his third grade... Read more
Published 4 months ago by David E. Myers
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More About the Author

YES, this is the same John Pearson that won the 2013 Jeopardy! Teachers Tournament!
John Pearson was born just outside of Washington, DC, but moved to Texas as quickly as he could. Growing up with a passion for science, math, and calculator watches, he obtained engineering degrees and basketball (watching) accolades from Duke University and Texas A&M. His first job out of college was designing small solid-state heat pumps, where his cubicle simply was not big enough to contain him. When the engineering market went sour, he decided to try his hand as a teacher, and he has been teaching math to 3rd and 4th graders ever since.
When he's not teaching, he's reading, blogging, or making YouTube videos like "Darth Vader Explains the Pythagorean Theorem."
His first book, Learn Me Good, was born of the baptism-by-fire nature of Pearson's first year as a teacher.
His second, Learn Me Gooder (a sequel, can you tell?) practically wrote itself after 7 years of teaching third grade.
His latest is a foray into the world of Fantasy Football. I Coulda Caught That Pass! (a true story about fake football) details one season in the National Football Liquors, his fantasy football league.
His son Drew was born in May of 2012, so books about fatherhood and cluelessness may very well be on the way soon!

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