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A Personal Journey to the Heart of Teaching by [Fioravanti, John]
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  • File Size: 2848 KB
  • 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
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I bought a copy of this book primarily for one reason. I couldn’t resist the price for the KINDLE edition for this book, FREE.

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.
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Reading John’s account of his experience as a high school teacher brings to mind my own experience. I too was a high school teacher, and many of his experience resounded what I, or any teacher, if they are true to themselves, go through every day. The doubts, fear of inadequacies, and inner demons are constantly present in the lives of teachers. Who among teachers can claim to know all? But we walk into our classrooms every day, and teach. We do this because we know something about our subject matter which the students don’t know.
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.
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Teachers have long gotten a bad rap in Western society.
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.
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The one thing that sticks out from reading this book is that we all need constant affirmation as to our worth. Self-doubt could be eradicated if we just give one another a compliment every now and then. It would stop so much heartache and turmoil in one's life. Telling someone what they are good at helps them to map out their career choice.
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.

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