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- Print Length: 176 pages
- Publisher: Fiora Books (May 10, 2014)
- Publication Date: May 10, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00K9UXW2E
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,397,700 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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While I’ve never been a teacher, nor a parent of a child; like ALL OF US, I’ve been a student.
As students we never got to know what’s going on inside the minds of any of the teachers we’ve ever had from Kindergarten right through our senior year in high school. All we knew had been that the person in front of the classroom was there to teach what we needed to learn. And from the ninth grade on, for me it had been to pass the all-important year end test for the subjects I’ve taken a class in; which in New York State that was the State Regents Exams.
And for some reason, as students, we never could understand why we liked some teachers more than others, we just did. All we knew it basically had been the way our teachers interacted with us; some showing us an interest in what we might to ask at the end of a class, while others told us to get to our next class so we wouldn’t be late - - in other words the old brush-off.
In his book, John Fioravanti, has gone to where almost all teachers would never dare to thread, which is letting us into his psyche for his reasons for being a teacher and his development in becoming a better teacher. This book also proves that the line in the song “Getting to Know You” from the “The Kind and I” has some truth to back it up. For those who don’t know the line, it is: “If you become a teacher by your students you’ll be taught.”
The author’s life experiences is what this book is about, and in writing it, he has lifted the veil to the reason why teachers are the way they are, which is why I’m happy to give this book 5 STARS.
With that in mind, we teach, and if we love what we do, we do so with love, with enjoyment, and with commitment. I can see that John loved what he did, and for that alone, he did it well. All those doubts were there to always push him on to greater heights. If he for once stopped worrying, and relaxed, he would have also stopped growing. Therefore, those doubts are there to remind us always that we have not reached our peak, and that peak, believe me, is never reached. Your story showed what a great teacher you were, and an inspiration to teachers. It was a great story in human development. I enjoyed reading it. It was very well written. I should write mine someday.
You've all heard that old saying: Those that can, do and those that can't, teach.
And, unless you've been hiding in a cave for the last 25 years or so, you've also heard countless right-wing politicians attack teachers without mercy: Teachers are "overpaid and underworked," they rant while they, meanwhile, collect fat paychecks for working a few short months out of the year as duly elected public officials serving in state and provincial legislative bodies.
None of those ranters and ravers and none of those people who look down their noses at teachers, however, have ever spent even one academic year in front of a classroom full of students preparing them for life after they leave their homes and strike out on their own. Because of that their criticisms are little more than hot air delusions: They, in plain point of fact, do not have any idea what it takes to be a teacher.
John Fioravanti does.
Fioravanti taught for more than three decades and in his book "A Personal Journey to the Heart of Teaching" he shares just what it's like to stand before a group of students knowing that he is responsible for making sure that they are ready for life after high school. It is a heavy responsibility and no one is more aware of that fact than those on the front lines; the men and women who have dedicated their lives to teaching children. Fioravanti admits, in this honest and straightforward memoir, that he worried constantly throughout his career whether or not he was "good enough" for the job; whether or not he was strong enough to bear the burden of that responsibility even though he was often praised for his ability to teach students more than just the basic coursework required to earn their diplomas.Read more ›
This book gives a perfect example of the author's turmoil throughout his life starting from his growing up years with his family. That's where our true sense of self is defined for the good or destroyed.
This is a great lesson in learning how to love yourself. And the writing is well done and easy to read. I highly recommend this book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
In ‘A Personal Journey to the Heart of Teaching’ John Fioravanti offers a poignant and heart-felt account of his 35 years as a teacher. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Natalie Ducey
Highly recommended and amazing, this is the story of being able to positively affect the lives of thousands of people. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Keats
Heard the author's voice and sincerity in every single word. Great story. Highly recommend.Published 6 months ago by So many books....so little time...
John Fioravanti "walked through the door and into my heart" with his moving examination of his career as a teacher. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Barb
As a teacher of many years myself, I read about John Fioravanti's experiences in teaching so that I could compare his with mine. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Gretchen Grossman
John Fioravant's A Personal Journey to the Heart of Teaching is anything but a typical memoir. It is engaging and funny, poignant and thought-provoking. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Dayriane
I give this book a 3.5 (really wish we could use decimals!!) This is a sweet little book that I believe would be appreciated by teachers at any point in their teaching journey... Read morePublished 7 months ago by BarbShaya
John Fioravanti takes us into a journey of his life experience in teaching – not the easiest of careers in this day and age of unruly teenagers! Read morePublished 7 months ago by Catnap
The book is easy flow read with humble straightforward flavour, almost as if the author is having a keen conversation with the reader. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Anna Aizic