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I will echo another reviewer that the book could have used a copy editor, and if you're buying this, I would recommend the paperback version rather than the e-book version. The e-book version wasn't hard to read by any means, but while I was going through it, I made an effort to answer the reflective questions and would have loved to just jot them down in my copy of the book rather than a separate notebook. I also think the paperback will be useful to anyone who wants to reproduce some of the materials found in the back of the book (sample forms, questionnaires, etc.).
Overall, as someone who has been teaching for nearly a decade, I still found this to be a great resource and will definitely use it to help guide me through my own career.
He approaches your first year of teaching not as the time where you learn how to make agendas or how to create good lesson plans but how to emotionally and mentally approach the future path. Teaching is a very holistic art that is practiced through love and understanding, both of students and content.
Spencer helps bring a healthy perspective to teaching, a way to approach your first year, and to understand that we are always learning.
I would absolutely recommend to anyone who is close to or is new to teaching, especially because the holistic nature of teaching is ignored in most college programs.
This book really gets me as a teacher, especially being so early on in my career. It provides suggestions and guidance as opposed to the direct do this, this way doctrines that are typically handed down through teacher textbooks.
One of the things that is most striking about it is the narrative style. He gives all of his advice and guidance through his own experiences, admitting to failures and short comings, and using them as jumping off points to learn from his mistakes in the future. It's a great read and I would recommend it to people who aren't in the teaching profession, just so they can understand what our profession really is all about.
My only complaint is with the editing. There are literally DOZENS of typos, misspellings and grammar mistakes. These are actual words from two different CHAPTER headings: Avoidng (Avoiding), Pln (Plan). I honestly thought it was a joke when I found six typos in just the introduction... lightly instead of slightly, breath instead of breathe (TWICE!), pins instead of pens, wear instead of where, mistake instead of mistakes (ironic, no?)... but as the book went on I realized it wasn't purposeful. I really began to wonder if this was a draft that accidentally got published instead of the edited version.
Anyway, I don't mean to be nitpicky. Every book is bound to have a typo or two, and that shouldn't count against the author or the content. However, in this case it was so extreme that it really distracted me. Bad editing on this scale can lead someone to question the value, integrity and professionalism of the book and its author. That is why I have to give the book 4 stars.