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He's the Weird Teacher by [Robertson, Doug]
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About the Author

Doug Robertson has been an elementary school teacher for seven years now. As low man on the totem pole he moved around a lot, but it has given him a chance to experience all kinds of teachers and students. He now resides in southern Oregon with his wife and son, where he teaches third grade (again). For fun he trains for triathlons, rides his motorcycle, and makes small children cry at the mall. Doug vehemently resists the negative stereotype of teachers and fights for teacher rights as often as he can. He advocates for his students and loves and believes in each and every one of them. Doug has a grand plan to become a famous teacher and infect future generations of educators and students with his philosophy, which will lead to a joyous education renaissance, flying unicorns, and rock and roll for all.

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  • File Size: 754 KB
  • Print Length: 267 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: August 20, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EP354C2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #197,984 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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As a parent it was an interesting, fun and educating insight into the world of the classroom and the teacher. Oh and did I say fun, because it was a a lot of fun to read! But in addition to the fun stories and tips, Doug Robertson managed to address serious and difficult issues with balanced perspective. It is a helpful glimpse into the world of the teacher that I feel as a parent will not only benefit me with regards to my child's education but with my own parenting.
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With three children in the third grade I can't help but wish their teacher was as positive, and weird as the author. He perfectly illustrates how a teacher can be eccentric, caring, positive and in control while genuinely loving their job. He shares his opinion on changing the dynamic within classrooms from fear based, to compassion based and explains why all children should be read to with an emphasis on the dramatic. (…They call this a tweetle beetle bottle puddle paddle battle muddle - what-what!)

While I'm not a teacher (Reason? Chapter 12 - Bodily Functions. PS. I laughed ridiculously hard. Out loud.), I do think that this book is easily passed from teacher, to parent, and visa versa, to inspire and motivate. I personally will be buying this for my kids' 3rd grade teacher in hopes that it inspires her as much as it did me.
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I thoroughly enjoyed the book. While I'm not a teacher I come from a clan of teachers and think the writing is spot on. I also can't tell you how many times I've laughed out loud which was weird because I was on a plane while reading it. It is well written and insightful and I would highly recommend the book to any one, even if they aren't a teacher.
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The book "He's the weird teacher" by Doug Robertson allows readers a valuable, funny, yet at times serious perspective of his experiences as an elementary school teacher and provides insight what it means to genuinely care for the children in an elementary classroom setting - describing odd situations that teachers at times must deal with on a daily basis and do so with a great sense of humor: distractions, bodily fluids or indoor recess, as well as issues relating to personal responsibility, student teaching, spelling tests etc.

Robertson also dives into current, relevant and somewhat hot-bottom issues of today's learning environment, namely, standardized testing, teachers' pay, and safe schools - topics for which he provides a well thought out opinion. Robertson does not stop his discussion about current issues here: he also discusses bullying, but does not limit this topic to student-on-student bullying by expanding it to the less discussed issue of teacher-on-student bullying and the potentially very negative effects that such behaviors by teachers might have on students.

The overall tenor of this book is Robertson's philosophy of teaching, which can be described as transformational, as sees himself a role model who might shape the lives of this students into the future by being a teacher who genuinely cares about his students by getting to know them and building trusting relationships with them in a classroom culture that promotes respect, cooperation and teamwork while focusing on each of this students' strengths to promote the best individual learning outcome possible.
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As a parent, I learned a lot from this book. It isn't just a book for teachers, on teaching. It talks about how to interact with children, what to expect from the, and what they expect from you!! Along with some very amusing stories and examples. Something I'm sure I'll pick up again when my child is a little older and I'm looking for some help!! Do yourself a favor, pick it up, read it. You won't regret it.
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Doug says it like it is. Any parent should want him as their child's teacher. Every teacher should read this book.

The seasoned veteran teacher can get inspired by the words of this enthusiastic young teacher, and the new teachers fresh out of college will get helpful and humorous tips to keep their sanity as they venture into the world of education.
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I was hooked as soon as I read the foreword. It was written by one of Doug Robertson's former students (age 11). This book is full of witty, anecdotal stories that every teacher will relate to (like chapter 12, "Bodily Functions") as well as stories that will bring a tear to your eye, like chapter 16 "Letters to Prison" (get some tissues). The common thread from chapter to chapter is love because, as Doug puts it, "Teaching is love." It is obvious that Doug understands and believes in the power of connections with students. Every teacher will find an idea to steal whether it's about the impact of special guests, games for indoor recess or how to make giving a spelling test way cool and fun! I found myself highlighting ideas to try and thoughts that I agreed with on almost every page. I would love to be a student in Mr. Robertson's class. Student teachers, get this book. Substitute teachers, get this book. Administrators, new teachers and veteran teachers, get this book now. Read it and reflect. Pay close attention to the parts of the book where Doug gets on a soapbox. Preach it Mr. Robertson!
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