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Learn Me Good [Kindle Edition]

John Pearson
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (414 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 math teacher ever since.
When he's not teaching, he's reading, blogging, or making YouTube videos like "Darth Vader Explains the Pythagorean Theorem."  You may have seen (and hopefully rooted for) him on the Jeopardy Teachers Tournament in 2013 and the Tournament of Champions in 2014.
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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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,498 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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74 of 75 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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25 of 25 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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28 of 29 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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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Charming July 10, 2009
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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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11 of 12 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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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If you're looking for a sweet, quick and humorous read, and if you get a kick out of the antics of kids, Learn Me Good is the book for you. Teachers, principals, aides, school counselors, youth pastors, therapists...this includes all of you.

Pearson chronicles his first year of teaching the 3rd grade. His book is written as a series of emails that are written from him to one of his former business coworkers.

I also work with kids all day, and I picked this one up on the fly because it looked interesting - I figured I'd find another professional that could validate some of my horror stories. I'm a juvenile probation officer so my work with kids is in more of a one on one setting, but I've always wondered how teachers dealt with having 30-40 kids in front of them all at once! Especially young kids! Now I know that my choice NOT to be a teacher was the correct one! Hah! But I can at least laugh at Mr. Pearson's adventures. I did not expect the humor, but indeed, humor abounds. I especially got a kick out of all the chaos! Indeed, when you are surrounded by kids all day long, this is EXACTLY what happens.

Pearson's writing style sometimes tries a little too hard to be funny - the kids are funny enough without adding too much. But overall, you'll do alot of smiling and laughing at Pearson's misfortunes. Some jokes did make me smile, and a few of them really got me laughing because I could picture the scene quite clearly - Kleenex anyone? NO I WANT TISSUE!!

I'm not sure I like the email format used here, as each new email jarred me out of the "story" and reminded me that I was reading a book. I think the book would have been a lot more cohesive had it been told in normal story format.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars and I enjoyed how it was told in a humorous way
As a teacher I found this book to have a lot of truth to it, and I enjoyed how it was told in a humorous way. I would recommend this book to any teacher.
Published 13 hours ago by Lau
5.0 out of 5 stars required reading
If only we had more teachers with such a great sense of humor and the ability to relate to children. I wish I had been in his class.
Published 2 days ago by Steffy
5.0 out of 5 stars Very amusing
As a former high school teacher, I read this book while thinking "I was fortunate to have spent my 31 years in the upper grades". Read more
Published 2 days ago by Marie Bristol
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
I too am a first year teacher like that author transitioned from a Corporate job to a teaching job after layoff. I found the book quite humorous but true. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars So much fun!!
The format makes this easy and quick to ready. Having two young boys myself, I could relate to the stories, Mr.Pearson kept me laughing!! Read more
Published 12 days ago by Mara Ehret
4.0 out of 5 stars Clever
This was a clever and humorous book. Mr. Woodson, laid off engineer, joins the teacher workforce as a Career Switcher. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Norma Meligonis
5.0 out of 5 stars hilarious and true
As a retired teacher assistant ( that's what we are called in NC), of 30 years, I can relate with this book. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Teressa L. Riddle
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful
Loved this story, made me laugh all the way through it. Great teachers have the best stories and kids are fun
Published 15 days ago by Karen
5.0 out of 5 stars Humorous look at teaching. A must for teachers
Learn Me Good by John Peterson is a humorous look at his first year of teaching. It is told in a series of emails he wrote to a co-worker and friend at a Thermal Design firm. Read more
Published 18 days ago by P. Blevins
5.0 out of 5 stars Going to be Special Ed Teacher
This is a must read for all teacher either it's year teacher or veteran teacher it will help you to remember the antics of your first year as a teacher or even to get a good idea... Read more
Published 20 days ago by Rachel Mccaffrey
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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 math teacher ever since.
When he's not teaching, he's reading, blogging, or making YouTube videos like "Darth Vader Explains the Pythagorean Theorem." You may have seen (and hopefully rooted for) him on the Jeopardy Teachers Tournament in 2013 and the Tournament of Champions in 2014.
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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