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Nine Weeks: a teacher's education in Army Basic Training
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As civilians we don't often understand or see the hardships these men and women go through except in movies. Mr. Stowell's book, Nine Weeks, gives us a rarely seen honest glimpse into this time as he shares his experiances. It was an interesting book to read and I found it very detailed, well written and honest.
If you're a civilian who has wondered what goes on in a basic training camp then pick this book up. I think it will give many people a newfound respect for those who serve in the Army.
As a student who plans to be a teacher this book really spoke to me. He makes it easy to relate so many things that happened during basic training to being in a classroom with a bunch of new students. The drill sergeants weren't the best role models for a beginning teacher, but perhaps I could learn just as Rich Stowell did from observing his NCOs. I agree with him that the autocratic task-master style of teaching is not the way I would teach.
In another example of how the Army makes it far more difficult to learn, in the first week they had to sit through classes that which as he says, did not include the "erudite lectures, note-taking, question and answer sessions, studying, and tests", that he expected. They were scripted lectures with PowerPoint presentations that had no reason for them. They were not adding anything to the lecture and so were a waste of technology. I learned that the way to keep a class involved and interested was not the Army way. As a teacher he knew how the classes could have been handled so everyone could learn and I am now very conscious of paying attention to use of technology in my teaching.
Although I have no interest in joining the Army, I gained an appreciation for the men and women who do and learned a lot about how I don't want to teach my classes when I get them.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I am about to go off to Basic Training at Ft. Sill, am 34 years old, and have a Masters Degree. This book looked to be the perfect preparatory material for me. Read morePublished on October 9, 2012 by dwolf52000
This guy is a teacher? because, he must've ran the drama club, This book is so over-dramatic, i'm trying to read a book where i can possibly assume a military workout and all i am... Read morePublished on June 23, 2011 by NickyLou
This book talks about Rich Stowell's experience in the Army National Guard as he spends nine weeks at a rigorous training camp. Read morePublished on November 8, 2010 by stusf
I admit when I first picked up this book I was filled with contempt prior to investigation. I am generally uninterested in anything that relates to the Army even though I know... Read morePublished on November 7, 2010 by Ashley
This is the kind of book that you might not mind spending money for in a used book store, but not so much one that you would order online and also pay shipping... Read morePublished on October 18, 2010 by Snapdragon
It's not often you have the opportunity to read a book written by someone you know. So you get insight into their lives that you otherwise would never have. Read morePublished on September 5, 2010 by OrphanAnnie
before enlisting in any military committment, potential enlistees and their families should read this very informative bookPublished on May 9, 2010 by amazon affecianado