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It's Not All Flowers and Sausages: My Adventures in Second Grade Paperback – September 1, 2009

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In a breezy, irreverent, frequently sarcastic and hilarious account of teaching her little friends in a Harlem public elementary school, Mrs. Mimi (aka Jennifer Scoggin) thumbs her nose at the stereotypes and the testing-mad, regulation-heavy supervisors who keep her from doing what she does best: teaching. Having taught second grade for seven years, Mrs. Mimi, she'll have you know, does not wear macaroni necklaces, hang out in the teacher's lounge or sing Raffi songs all day to happy campers; in fact, she plans her teaching day meticulously (starting in August) and buys most of her supplies herself. Her sendups of administrators are wickedly funny: the Weave, the assistant principal, is a pro at ignoring pressing issues, spending most of her time in her office reading the newspaper; a staff developer she calls the Bacon Hunter concocts whimsical, sadistic assessments after much time ordering her breakfast; the Fanny Pack, a support staffer, is a supremely clueless interrupter of the important daily schedule. The author rages from her soapbox about the school's Going Green policy (meaning she has to fight to make photocopies), data-gathering, meetings and unhelpful parents such as the ubiquitous Excuse Maker. With her pointed refrain, Aren't we all on the same team? this teacher's venting feels fresh and relevant. (Sept.)
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About the Author

Mrs. Mimi is a second grade teacher at a public elementary school in New York City, where she has taught both first and second grades for the past six years. She graduated from Connecticut College in 2000, where she completed her teacher certification program, with a degree in Human Development. Mimi also holds a Master's degree in sociology and education with a focus on educational policy from Teachers College, Columbia University. Currently, Mimi is a fourth-year doctoral student in the Curriculum and Instruction department at Teachers College.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Kaplan Publishing; Original edition (September 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1607140667
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607140665
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #697,315 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Tracy A. Fitzwater on September 3, 2009
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I was introduced to Mrs. Mimi and her blog by a colleague, and I quickly became a fan on Facebook. Mrs. Mimi has totally nailed it - I have met her colleagues, have seen the pasta product jewelry (not on me - let's be clear on that point), and know those children. I started laughing and nodding my head as soon as I read the title of the first chapter, because I basically had had the same thought - Holy Crap, It's August! Mrs. Mimi writes about the things that are so frustrating about being an educator - the ridiculous professional development days that leave you wondering why you just wasted a perfectly good day, the colleagues who are less-than-helpful, never getting to go to the bathroom while the children pee freely. If you are a teacher, you will laugh and nod your head, too, and if you aren't - well, you will gain a new appreciation of what good and dedicated teachers do to educate their students, as well as an interesting glimpse into what goes through one's mind when confronted with the ridiculous. The only down side to this book - it kept me up too late reading when I should have been getting my beauty rest so I could be as fabulous as Mrs. Mimi! (I need better shoes....)
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Are the issues we face in schools the same everywhere? I feel like I teach at Mrs. Mimi's school. She does a brilliant job bringing humor to our day-to-day realities while also shedding light and wisdom on the need for some changes in our profession. Her love for her students permeates the book from the moments she tears up when her brilliant teaching allows for a "moment" to her desperation for more "time on task" (or is it "task on time?")

Everybody I know will be reading this book to get a taste of a teacher's real life beyond the "summers off." I wish I knew more principals so I could spread the wisdom of the classroom teacher around the administrative world. Without a doubt classroom teachers wear the most hats, do the most work, and have the biggest impact on children. Mrs. Mimi confirms my beliefs and motivates me to focus on the important parts of school as the new year begins. BUY this book. Give it to everyone you know. It's snort out loud funny. It's insightful and it will (hopefully) make you respect good teachers even more than you did before.
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When reading books written by teachers about teaching, I find they tend to fall into two categories. First, there are the self-congratulatory-how-great-am-I books by authors like Ron Clark and Rafe Esquith. Granted, those contain good ideas, but I tend to picture the writing process as one of some writing interspersed with visits to the mirror to allow the authors to remind themselves of their own awesomeness. These writers tend to want to portray teachers as the Great Saviors of the World, rather than as actual humans.

Then there are the books such as Dan Brown's The Great Expectations School, Phillip Done's work, and this one, It's Not All Flowers and Sausages. These books fall into a much more realistic and relatable category. These are professionals who love their jobs, and would sincerely love to DO their job, but they are hindered at every turn by administrators, district policy, office staff and uncooperative parents.

Anyone who has spent time in an elementary classroom will laugh out loud at Mrs. Mimi's stories of student antics and daily happenings inside a school. Mrs Mimi demonstrates that no matter how much you love what you do, there are always things that bring you down. You can let it kill you or let it make you stronger...or...you can laugh. The one problem I had with the book was the punctuation errors. I understand this began as a blog, and even teachers make typos, but the proofreader/editor should have cleaned it up before going to press.

All in all, this was a fast read and very entertaining.
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Mrs. Mimi has hit the nail on the head with her book about second grade shenanigans! As a second grade teacher, I found many of her experiences similar to mine. She tells it like it is and uses humor to lessen the sting of the harsh reality of teaching. I laughed out loud many times. I recommend reading her book to anyone but especially to teachers! ;)
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Fantastic book especially for anyone in the school environment. Mrs. Mimi makes you think you are actually there.
It amazed me that some of the issues in schools located in NY were the same issues prevalent in the Midwest where I taught for 45 years.
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This book is laugh-out-loud funny. If you are a teacher, I guarantee you will find yourself chuckling, or at least nodding your head in agreement, as you follow Mrs. Mimi through her adventures in second grade. She covers everything from standardized testing, to the dreaded bodily excretions, to the naughty boys, all with a splash of humor.

This is a must read for all teachers (may you be new, old, or retired) and for anyone who wants to take a little peek at what good teaching is all about.
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Mrs. Mimi has certainly captured what the essence of what teaching is about. Being able to block out the things that teachers have to deal with and focus on giving her "friends" the best she has to offer. Should be a must read for young elementary teachers as they learn what teaching is really about.
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