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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.
His first book, Learn Me Good, was born of the baptism-by-fire nature of Pearson's first year as a teacher.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 210 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (June 28, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 145364668X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1453646687
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (459 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #586,551 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By D. Figueroa on 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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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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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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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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