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Accidental Lessons: A Memoir of a Rookie Teacher and a Life Renewed Paperback – February 24, 2009
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The book has sort of a self-published feel to it—not because it is weak or poorly written. It’s just that the time period seems not worthy of an entire book; it’s only 170 pages long. One year of teaching, as Berner presents it, might have been better focused as a long article or essay. Tony Danza in his teaching memoir only covers one year, as well, (see my 2012 Reading Journal) but somehow he elaborates much more on his situation, much more on the relationships he has with students and teachers in the school where he’s assigned; he relates it more to his past life as a TV actor. When I checked the website of Berner’s publisher, I saw that it is very close to being self published. You must present the company with much more than just the manuscript. Check it out at [...]
P.S. As one of those guys who never likes to cry---or admit to it---one chapter made me crack...yes, there's plenty of humor, but you'll also be touched through a ping pong battle of emotions that makes for one outstanding story.