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Teacher Misery: Helicopter Parents, Special Snowflakes and Other Bullshit

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Published May 2016 by Truth Be Told Publishing
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Erin
Feb 04, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kobo
Not sure if the author really enjoys teaching as much as she states.I certainly cannot connect her upbeat summary at the end of the book with all the hateful stories she fills her pages with. I have had my share of crazy stuff happen in my teaching career, but these are the most outrageous outtakes. But I did find myself connecting to a few and I certainly concur that teachers have their share of hurdles. I count myself fortunate because there has been more rainbows than thunder.
CeeMarie
Jul 06, 2016 rated it did not like it
No. This is horrible. I get that teaching can be an unbelievably trying profession. I can certainly imagine all the scenarios she writes about. BUT she writes about them in such a mean spirited, judge mental, negative way with questionable language a lot of the time. I just don't even want to listen to her because she is just ranting about how horrible everyone-students, parents, administrators, etc.. are. There is no humor, or light heartedness in recounting these experiences. It's not snarky-i ...more
Jessica
May 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rate : 4.5 stars

TEACHERS! FUTURE TEACHERS ! GET THIS BOOK NOW! Yup, you see that right! This book is a necessity for every teacher, especially the future educators. First of all, let me thank to the author for sending me a copy of an ebook version of this book. To be honest, this is not really my kind of reading, I mean I rarely, like seriously rarely read a nonfiction book, but gosh, reading this book is a real eye opener. It is funny, real, full of amazing, weird , shocking and hilarious stori
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Jane
May 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Written in a way that non-teachers may actually get a glimpse of the absurdity that teachers must hurdle to accomplish their jobs.

This book is honest and relatable enough for teachers to find company in misery. It's the tip of the iceberg and I can only hope for a sequel.
Monica Graves (nightreads)
Mar 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs, read-in-2016
This book was eye-opening, intriguing and insightful.

I don’t normally read books like Teacher Misery, in fact this is the first non-fiction book I have read because I wanted to. I am so glad I did. The title of the book sets the premise for what it is about, the author goes over a series of things she has experienced with students, parents and the administration, and all I have to say is, Wow. I knew that some things were bad, but I didn’t know so much happened to teachers. I lucked out by going
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Dave
Jul 15, 2016 rated it liked it
Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. I would more accurately rate this as a 2.5 star book.

Well, now that we've gotten that out of the way, I have to say this resembles the memoir thousands of teachers across the nation intended to write one day when they finally retired and could mentally compile all of the bizarro stories they endured over a 35 year teaching career. This lady beat us all to the punch and isn't even retired. We have to take her word for it and assu
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Becky Dixon Boer
Aug 02, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The title describes this book perfectly: miserable.

I kept waiting. Waiting for the light-hearted moments, for the "this is why it's all worth it" stories.

There weren't any.

No, this is just a person who hates her job.

It's hard to say which is most disturbing: the stories she tells about her severely troubled, needy students, or the hateful attitude with which she relives the stories.

Ms. Morris has no empathy, despite working with children who need it badly.

She complains about special needs
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Annie
Jul 15, 2016 rated it did not like it
I think the biggest issue I had with this book was that I didn't like the writer. She comes across as arrogant and rude and all in all the writing left a bitter taste in my mouth. The whole book just seemed like a rant against everyone but the author.

I came into this book with high hopes. Being not long out of school myself, I thought it might bring back the memories of some of the insanity that occurred in my school. Either American schools are very different from English ones, or the author w
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Randal White
Morris recounts her experiences as a teacher over the course of several years.
At first, I found myself amazed that any teacher had to put up with the behaviors of students, parents, and educators, that the author described. Truly horrifying to have to go to work and deal with that!
Eventually though, I found myself becoming weary of the author's stories. I had to ask myself, why did she go into teaching in the first place? And if she found no joy in the teaching, why did she stay so long? It just
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Ellie
Jun 13, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to like this book, mostly because I want to support other teachers and also because I think the general public needs to read a little more about the current realities of public school, but I just didn't connect with the book. While I frequently nodded my head in agreement, I felt the writing was unorganized and somewhat repetitive (in several sections she references either the first day assignment or teaching Night...I know in 10 years she's taught boatloads of other things!). I also wi ...more
Rachael
Nov 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ok, people who review this book saying that it's horrible, whiny, and written by an arrogant author who hates her job have it all wrong. Did you bother to read the whole book? Still other reviewers say that the stories are implausible or far-fetched. I am a teacher and I can tell you that I have been through MANY of these exact same experiences, and still other more ridiculous ones than the ones Ms. Morris mentioned.

For real teachers, and people who want to get a taste of what the American educ
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Stacie C
Jul 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016, e-book-arcs
If you are looking for a book that is going to sugarcoat how amazing it is to be a teacher then you might as well throw this book out of the window because this is not the book for you. But this is the book that people need to read to understand the climate of schools in this era. Classroom teachers are severely underappreciated and neglected. This book written by a teacher under the pseudonym of Jane Morris is a testament to the everyday struggles of teachers in public schools.

Morris decided
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Resh (The Book Satchel)
This book is about teachers. What they go through and how they are so helpless in a world ruled by parents and school administration. I felt very sympathetic to their plight. I couldnt relate to some of the incidents described in the book due to cultural differences. But the book was outright shocking. In addition to feeling sorry for the teachers I was secretly glad I studied elsewhere. Because it would have been very very difficult to be friends with some of the kids mentioned.

The positive:
It
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Alyssa
Nov 05, 2016 rated it did not like it
This was a very challenging book to read. I disagree whole heartedly with the attitudes and teaching philosophy presented in the book. Many times I felt I should stop reading all together.

Although, yes teaching is an incredibly challenging profession, many of the examples given could have been turned into less explosive situations had the teacher displayed empathy and the training to deal with anxious, violent or aggressive states. In many instances I felt the teacher's reactions worsened the c
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krystal
May 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hilarious, snarky, and tragic view into the trenches of my everyday life.

I'm curious at the people who rated it low. Did they not read the part where you can only make fun of your experiences in order to survive? I'm also curious if they're teachers. As an English teacher, I sincerely appreciated it and suggested my library order a digital copy :)
Lauren
Dec 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: memoir
I think if I read this book 2 years ago I would have found it much funnier. I am at a bit of a jaded point in my teaching career so overall this book made me continue to be scared for the future of society (and my career, to be honest). Yet it is important for these stories to be told. Non teachers should read books like these to have some semblance of what teachers in the United States go through every day. I wish there was an elementary version of this book (as the author is a high school teac ...more
Kristy
Jan 03, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is what you make of it. Your attitude as you read will impact your opinion.

I related to many of the stories being told and at times wondered- is this person at my school? Other times I was horrified but not shocked by things that happened. Quite often I thought that some of these scenarios would be great case studies for department chairs and administrators or a Public School Law class.

The author tried to leave us on a positive note, but after reading I am feeling more down than up- a
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Dorian
Aug 15, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was pretty weird. A lot of situations were definitely ridiculous, and therefore entertaining because I think most teachers have experienced this kind of thing and it's so hard to explain to non-teachers what makes this job so weird. However, there was also a lot of ignorance and disrespect when discussing student identities and disabilities. Not very understanding IMHO.

Would love to read a book in this kind of setup from a fellow elementary school teacher though! Maybe I should just w
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Ryk Stanton
Aug 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I will start with the good: This book was equal parts amusing and frustrating. Amusing because of some of the ridiculous situations we teachers find ourselves in because of our students. Frustrating because the book really does reveal the sense of helplessness that we teachers have when dealing with students, parents, and administration. I think I should also add in an equal part of frightening, for some of the situations Mrs. Morris describes would give caution to any person considering a caree ...more
Sarah
Jul 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you feel like being completely entertained while also losing all hope for the American school system, read this book.

I could not put this book down. The stories that Morris tells about the school system are riveting. The antics and violence and outright stupidity that she and other teachers have had to endure are outright insane — some of it is so crazy it’s almost unbelievable. If I did not know many public school teachers personally, I would be inclined to believe some of her stories are em
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Sarah
Jul 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Thanks Netgalley for this book!

Lord help. I've been following Teacher Misery on FB and had heard of this book. I'd even looked and not found it at any of my local libraries so I contented myself with waiting until the holidays to order it when lo and behold it arrived on Netgalley.

Needless to say, I read the whole thing in a day. Ms. "Morris" and the teachers, students and admins (whose names are hilariously changed ex: Harry Pitts, Jack Haas, A. Nell Retentive etc, in order to protect the guil
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Jenny Buchta
May 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Definitely one of the most brutally honest and real books about teaching that I've read. Anyone who couldn't imagine these scenarios occurring has never taught. I audibly LOLed several times and snapped pictures of hilarious parts to send to my fellow colleague, just so someone else could enjoy the truthfulness that I was reading. All in all, I read this book in less than 24 hours, so yeah, it's that good.
Sarah
Jul 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this. I thought it depicted well the struggle of being a teacher in a public school. I teach elementary special education and while I haven't dealt with the amount that she has in her career, I related with the struggle of dealing with parents and testing and administration. In the end, teaching isn't all negative and she is right - those positive moments when you see a child finally understand a concept they've been struggling with make all the negativity melt away.
Rebecca Pruitt
May 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book is exactly what I needed to read right now. Teaching is the craziest, hardest, most fun profession that I could've picked for myself. This book made me laugh out loud while also reminding me that I'm truly not alone and I'm lucky to have the job that I do.

The author says it all perfectly:
"But honestly, to me, there's something addictive about the daily challenges, outrageous as they are."

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Tiffany
Jun 28, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I don’t understand all the reviews calling this book “funny”. It was mostly horrifying with a side of annoying. As a newish teacher I’ve experienced only a few of my own horror stories, and I bet not a single aspect of the accounts in this book is fabricated or exaggerated. That being said, sometimes I found the author’s reactions to her students to be really insensitive and sometimes rude. The instagram account is definitely funny, so I’m not sure what happened between that and the book.
Jeanie
Jun 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing read for the newbie teacher.

I picked this up for my kindle after seeing it advertised on Instagram and burned through it in a matter of hours. As someone who just finished her first year of teaching, it was refreshing and strangely therapeutic to read about the trials and tribulations of newbies and veterans alike. I couldn't recommend this more highly, and I have no doubt I will revisit it for a good laugh in my (frequent) times of educational angst.
Laura
Jul 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I got a copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Great book for teachers but if you don't have any super powers it's also awesome. I felt so identified
in some bits of it! I laughed out loud but other parts are simply sad because they're true. It's fast-paced so I encourage everybody to give it a go!

Jen from Quebec :0)
As a teacher, I identified with SO much of this book (sadly). EVERYONE should have to read this, to understand better what being a teacher is actually, truly like. It should be REQUIRED reading for every parent with a kid in high school! THAT would be FANTASTIC. Then they would have *some* notion of *our* lives with *their* kids daily at school....
Vintage Daisy
Jun 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Great book. If you're a teacher, or work with kids in an educational field in some way, you should read this. Sometimes shocking, sometimes hilarious. Might make you reconsider sending your kid to high school.
Feathertofly
Jul 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
As someone who is about to begin studying to become a high school teacher, I found this book to be extremely entertaining and thought provoking. It really made me realize how hard of a process it will be to teach but also how wonderful it can be. A must-read for every teacher
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