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Learn Me Gooder [Kindle Edition]

John Pearson
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In this sequel to Learn Me Good, Jack Woodson (no longer a green behind the ears teacher) returns to recount another school year’s worth of challenges, triumphs, and mishaps with a brand new cast of wild and crazy students.
Six years have passed, and this time around, Jack gets a talking monkey sidekick, a beautiful love interest, and a top-secret undercover CIA assignment to Uranus. (Well, ONE of those things is true, anyway.) There are witty quotes, riotous stories, and more twists and turns than M. Night Shyamalan’s small intestine.
Through email correspondence with Fred Bommerson, Jack talks about PTA fundraisers gone awry, unnatural food chains, and how any action can be made acceptable as long as “it’s for science.” With subject lines such as “Diarrhea of a Wimpy Kid,” “Green Eggs and Math,” and “Houston, we have a word problem,” it’s perfect for reading in small chunks or one long session.


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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, and Learn Me Gooder was the natural sequel.

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  • File Size: 384 KB
  • Print Length: 222 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005G0WJLW
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #142,921 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It just gets gooder... August 21, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Memoirs are my favorite genre. I love learning about people's lives, hearing their stories, digging into themselves with them. I find the whole genre fascinating. I first heard about this author when I stumbled on a post on his blog and bought his book, Learn Me Good, after reading a funny and heart-filled blog post. I got distracted and it took almost a year before I finally read it. I won't rehash it, but I absolutely loved it. Heck, I even bought a paperback copy for the teachers at my kid's school to read and pass around (they continue passing it around and giggling madly).

John's latest offering is one of the best made follow ups that I have ever read. In some ways, it's more of the same, but in other ways, it's an expansion into John's life as a teacher, his life as a writer, his trademark humor and his heart. I believe there are several ways you could take this book after reading it. You could take away that it's a group of humorous stories by a teacher. That's that. BUT I think if you are truly reading this book (and especially if you know anything about the teaching profession and/or have read his first book), you're going to walk away with so much more of Mr. Pearson.

I laughed when I read this book. It's no secret that the author has an amazing sense of humor. He's just downright funny. Yeah, sometimes he tries too hard - but he's a bit of a geek, so he pulls it off very well.

I also smiled when I read this book. You can feel the genuine love that he has for his students. He actually cares about them and their welfare and he enjoys every minute of his career (well, okay maybe not ALL of it - but every moment in the classroom!).

I also cried when I read this book.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good and gooder January 3, 2012
Format:Paperback
Jack Woodson is back for another year of teaching adventures. Each week or so, he recounts his adventures in educating to his friend and former coworker. Read about the continued trials of Mr. Woodson as he discusses the perils of third grade, the trouble with falling in love, and the ever dreaded Texas standardized tests.

I just love the way Pearson writes the story of Mr. Woodson. I think it is quite clever how Pearson uses the email format, once again, to help relay the weekly happenings. It makes the reader feel like they are eavesdropping on real life conversations. Since I know quite a few teachers, I know how much these amusing stories are grounded in reality!

I really liked the further development of Jack Woodson's character, and the peek into his private life. The relationship with Jill added a lot to the book, and it was nice to see a bit of vulnerability. And I just adore the cast of kid characters this time around. So many endearing and kooky kids.

All in all I thought the book was hilarious. It will appeal to teachers without a doubt, as well as lots of everyday readers as well.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Praise for the Funny Stuff December 29, 2011
Format:Paperback
I'd love to be able to say that I hear no echoes of my own classroom experiences in John Pearson's Learn Me Gooder stories, which follows a fictional teacher throughout the year in a series of email correspondences with his friends and relates all of the odd things that go on inside of a high-energy third grade elementary classroom. But I do, darn it. I hear those echoes and I can clearly see the students as if they were standing right in front of me, with off-kilter insights, emotional baggage and wide smiles at the fun of being part of a classroom where anything goes.

Luckily, my own experience in the classroom is not quite as odd as that of the teacher in Learn Me Gooder. Educator Jack Woodson, whose teaching tales formed the narrative of the first Learn Me Good novel by Pearson, survives the turmoil of teaching in a Texas school beset by standardized testing, immigrant families arriving and departing with little notice, language barriers and more by using humor to lighten the load. Pearson entertains, but also educates, as he explores the daily life of a teacher through the wide-eyed lens of humor.

So, yes, I laughed at much of what goes on with Jack Woodson. I laughed hard and loud.(Plus, Woodson finally gets a girlfriend in this second book. See? Even teachers have lives!)

The use of the email correspondence with friends from Woodson's past job is a smart narrative touch by Pearson, as we see the back-and-forth emerge with playfulness, and some wistfulness of Woodson sometimes regretting leaving there for teaching but never enough to leave his kids behind. And in the end, it is Woodson's nurturing nature and understanding of his wacky students that anchors this book firmly into the ground, and those very qualities of Woodson the teacher make Learn Me Gooder a recommended read for any teacher or any parent or anyone who has ever been in a classroom that made you just want to shake your head and smile.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Super dupper funny! August 25, 2011
By Mary A.
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
O.K., so now I'm about to get expelled from the bedroom. Laughing so hard at Learn Me Gooder that I couldn't catch my breath, asthmatic wheezing, and tears rolling down my cheeks. The mattress was shaking from me laughing. Hubby threatened to take my book light and Kindle if I didn't knock it off an let him get some sleep! My advice is beware where you read this book....people will think you've lost your mind!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved both the books in this series
Loved both the books in this series. I laughed at the antics of the kids. I really got the impression that even through the humor that he really does care about his... Read more
Published 21 days ago by Gambler
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply too funny to put down.
Oh, my goodness! I wish he were a friend of mine or a co-worker. It was hard to put this book down. I saw him on Jeopardy. Since he mentioned his book, I decided to read it. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Learn Me Gooder
fun book
Published 1 month ago by S. Henderson
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good quick read.
Published 1 month ago by Richard R.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very funny book of a teachers daily school experience.
Published 1 month ago by Jeannie
5.0 out of 5 stars Hysterical!
I needed to read something that would make me laugh. Having read "Learn Me Good" a year or so ago I knew the sequel would be just as enjoyable. It did not disappoint. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Nancy
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect gift for a teacher
Learn Me Good and Learn Me Gooder would make great gifts for both new or experienced teachers. Well written and funny. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Dee Dee
5.0 out of 5 stars As a veteran teacher, this book (and the previous ...
As a veteran teacher, this book (and the previous one) really hit home! I literally LOL'ed in public many times while reading these "true" stories!
Published 3 months ago by Beth
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read...
Humorous and interesting. I read it as a follow up to "Learn Me Good", but it would stand on it's own as well. John Pearson needs to make this a trilogy.
Published 3 months ago by D.L. Magee
5.0 out of 5 stars As good as the original
I loved Learn Me Good, the first book in this series, and this sequel was every bit as funny and entertaining. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Just4fun
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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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