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The Learning Game: A Teacher's Inspirational Story

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Jonathan Smith takes us a his personal journey from his first days as a pupil through to the challenges of his professional and private life on the other side of the desk. He explains what it's like to be a teacher facing the joys and the battles of a class. He asks what difference a teacher can make; what works in the classroom world and what does not; and while influenci ...more
ebook, 256 pages
Published July 26th 2012 by Abacus (UK) (first published 2000)
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Rose
Feb 15, 2008 Rose added it  ·  review of another edition
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I enjoyed this book, which is a collection of poems, quotes, and short essays reflecting on the author's life in education and offering advice to teachers. I found his advice on work/life balance especially useful, with its emphasis on it being teachers' duty to look after themselves and have a life outside school. His reflections on how education and schools have changed over time was also interesting, and I enjoyed reading the poems and quotes he included - they greatly enhanced the book and e ...more
Roseline
Aug 02, 2013 Roseline rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reading this book was a real pleasure. I wish more teachers had access to this book. I feel it has given me the extra push I needed to get to retirement in a couple of years and still enjoy what I do. I made me think and smile. It has brought back good memories, and not so pleasant. It has made me think about my teaching methods, how to do more and better. The chapter on 'taking care of yourself as a teacher/have a life outside work', really rang a bell. We have to feed ourselves to be able give ...more
Kit Masters
Aug 28, 2013 Kit Masters rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great bit of reading about teaching.
Echoes a lot of my own feelings about teaching, although Jonathan Smith teaches in a very different school to mine, the stresses and joys are pretty much the same!
Just what I needed at the start of the academic year.

I would recommend this to parents as well as teachers.
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Jonathan Smith was born in Wales in 1942 and went to Christ College, Brecon. He read English at Cambridge, taught at Loretto School, Edinburgh and in Melbourne, and from the late 1960s onwards at Tonbridge School, where he was head of English for 17 years. He is married and lives in Kent.
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