A Personal Journey to the Heart of Teaching Kindle Edition
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- File Size : 2848 KB
- Publisher : Fiora Books (May 10, 2014)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B00K9UXW2E
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 176 pages
- Publication Date : May 10, 2014
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,738,589 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 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.
It is said that you're lucky to have one or two gifted teachers in your lifetime, the ones who change you as well as educate you. Mr.Fioravanti is truly one such teacher and his journey to become an important teacher in his students' lives makes this book an excellent one. As his student, Maria writes to him, "Gratitude is the memory of the soul." Thank you, Mr. Fioravanti!
What I found interesting, is that this author experienced constant highs and lows and carried around daily doubts and fears as to whether or not he was good enough to teach. So much so, that it exhausted me at times and I’d find myself yelling into the book, “Get a grip already! Everyone says you’re great at this, so believe it!” Even when those around him kept drilling, “You’re the best” in his head “… often times, he still found it hard to believe. Those were his demons.
John Fioravanti is a very talented writer. With each word, I felt that we were old friends, catching up after many years of high school and college and he was the one who had the best stories to share. I hung on every word, always anxious to get to the next chapter, the next page, the very next sentence. Yes, he’s good, my friends, and the book is even better!
I tweet this book out onto social media at times, but BEFORE I read it, I was using the hashtags: #teachers #teaching #kids. Since reading the book, I can aptly apply the hashtags: #life, #lessons #growth, because it’s not JUST about teaching. It’s about a life’s journey; a life filled with lessons, and constant moments of growth. It’s a book, I wish you all would read. John Fioravanti bared himself when he shared his insecurities, fears, and his struggles with his “demons,” many of those causing him to constantly doubt himself in his profession. But, he also shared how he worked thru all of those and finally got to what he’d been after for so long, he’d gotten to the the bottom of it, and that was learning that honesty, respect and love were at the core of “the heart of teaching.”
This is a feel-good book for everyone…young teachers just starting out, veteran teachers who’ve been around a while, for parents who appreciate and want to learn more about the struggles teachers face and how much love they give to the kids, in spite of those struggles. Finally, I would recommend this book to students, who sometimes view teachers as mere figures, standing in front of their classroom, with moving mouths. This book will help all appreciate how important teachers are and just how much they give of themselves for the students who are entrusted into their care for a few hours each week.
I’m giving this book 5 stars only because Amazon wouldn’t allow 10!
Top reviews from other countries
As a teacher myself this resonated with me. The giving of time and energy through things such as his dinner-time 'club' showed a selflessness that is essential in a good teacher.
Teaching is the most important job in the world - it is building the future, affecting young lives, expanding minds and horizons, giving confidence, and enabling children to grow. John tells of his struggle, from the early days of breaking away from his family and dealing with his feelings of insecurity to finding his feet in the classroom and becoming a major figure in the lives of all those thousands of young people.
We need more people like John in our classrooms. I really enjoyed reading about it.
Here is a man who is in touch with his feelings, passionate about his chosen career and admits to accepting direction from female colleagues - a really very good package - a teacher who cares about his students and his family, and has a healthy, balanced view of himself, while constantly striving to be the best that he can be.
Everyone who reads this memoir will come away with many positive emotions. For example, I appreciate his honesty when he discusses those "demons" many of us fight most of our lives - the fear of failure for one - being at the heart of many never starting a journey.
His illustrious career in education moved him to the next successful venture - Publishing - and I have no doubt that he, along with his wife, will continue to have great success. If you need inspiration, or a good example of how to make decisions when deciding which course your life should take, I recommend reading this book. You'll come away with a renewed feeling of purpose. Oh, and did I mention that the book is flawlessly written and edited?
I have eight children and experience of many teachers over the year so have learned to distinguish between the average and good teachers. I believe the author was a great teacher and would have loved him to teach my kids.
I was surprised how emotional I became more than once while reading this book, which is I think a testimony to the quality of the writing.
I looked hard to try and find a spelling mistake but failed so its a definite A+, I mean 5 stars!
Mr Fioravanti is clearly a perfectionist who sets himself very high standards, and constantly doubts, often against the evidence of colleagues and the responses of his students, that he achieves them.He most certainly does in this book and it is one I recommend to anybody, whether or not they are involved in education.