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Learn Me Good [Kindle Edition]

John Pearson
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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Jack Woodson was a thermal design engineer for four years until he was laid off from his job. Now, as a teacher, he faces new challenges. Conference calls have been replaced with parent conferences. Product testing has given way to standardized testing. Instead of business cards, Jack now passes out report cards. The only thing that hasn't changed noticeably is the maturity level of the people surrounding him all day. Learn Me Good is a hilarious first-person account, inspired by real life experiences. Through a series of emails to Fred Bommerson, his buddy who still works at Heat Pumps Unlimited, Jack chronicles a year-in-the-life of a brand new teacher. With subject lines such as "Irritable Vowel Syndrome," "In math class, no one can hear you scream," and "I love the smell of Lysol in the morning," Jack writes each email with a dash of sarcasm and plenty of irreverent wit.

About the Author

John Pearson was born just outside of Washington, DC, but moved to Texas as quickly as he could. Growing up with a passion for science, math, and calculator watches, he obtained engineering degrees and basketball (watching) accolades from Duke University and Texas A&M. His first job out of college was designing small solid-state heat pumps, where his cubicle simply was not big enough to contain him. When the engineering market went sour, he decided to try his hand as a teacher, and he has been a 3rd grade math teacher ever since. When he's not teaching, he's reading, blogging, or making YouTube videos like "Darth Vader Explains the Pythagorean Theorem." Learn Me Good was born of the baptism-by-fire nature of Pearson's first year as a teacher.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 347 KB
  • Print Length: 214 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1411665899
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002C75GXK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #124,978 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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John Pearson was born just outside of Washington, DC, but moved to Texas as quickly as he could. Growing up with a passion for science, math, and calculator watches, he obtained engineering degrees and basketball (watching) accolades from Duke University and Texas A&M. His first job out of college was designing small solid-state heat pumps, where his cubicle simply was not big enough to contain him. When the engineering market went sour, he decided to try his hand as a teacher, and he has been a 3rd grade math teacher ever since.
When he's not teaching, he's reading, blogging, or making YouTube videos like "Darth Vader Explains the Pythagorean Theorem."
Learn Me Good was born of the baptism-by-fire nature of Pearson's first year as a teacher.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Light hearted, humourous and great fun 17 Jan 2011
By TopCat
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book takes the form of a series of emails from Jack Woodson to a former colleague, Fred. Jack was made redundant after nearly 4 years at a thermal design firm, and decided to retrain as a teacher. The emails cover his first year as an educator, teaching 3rd grade and while names have been changed to protect the innocent the emails are based on real experiences.

The format of the book meant it was a nice easy read, with the emails creating an equivalent to short chapters. It would have been a nice book to have dipped into when I only had a bit of spare time to read, but in reality I read this over the course of two afternoons.

Due to the nature of the book, while we learn a bit about the background and physical attributes of Jack and some of his class and colleagues, this isn't really a character driven book, it's more of a literary sit-com. There are plenty of anecdotes about what his charges have said or done, and his responses to them. Some of the stories are so shocking you have to laugh and others must have bemused Jack as they certainly puzzled me. It is certainly a funny book and I found myself chuckling quite a lot. However I am also now in a state of fear. What starts in the States often makes it's way to this side of the pond, so I guess by the time my little one starts school I'll have to buy gifts for teacher for all sorts of occasions with no relation to education.

Quips aside it was also interesting to find out incidentally about some of the issues facing urban schools. I suspect a lot of the issues are the same here as in the US, such as teaching kids for whom English isn't a first language and endless testing. Don't expect serious debate though, this is a light hearted, irreverent book that suited my need for a short, humourous read perfectly.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars From "Red Adept Reviews" 17 May 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Plot/Storyline: 5 Stars

This book was almost like reading a series of very humorous essays. The method of delivery was great. Using e-mails to tell the story was a stroke of genius.

Also, we actually got a little bit of a second story with the responses to his ex-coworker. And, because he was talking to a good friend, he was very honest. He wasn't trying to change the world one kid at a time, he freely admitted he didn't like some of the kids, but he was a good teacher.

Character Development: 4.75 Stars

I would have preferred a little more character development of the author (teacher). We did get to know him somewhat, but having a few more of his thoughts would have made for a deeper read.

Writing Style: 5 Stars

The writing style of this author was very intriguing. I loved the way he portrayed the kids with tight, succinct writing.

Editing/Formatting: 5 Stars

There were no editing type errors, and the Kindle formatting was excellent.

Overall:

A fast, fun read almost like reading a joke book, but with a great story laced throughout.

Rating: G
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read! 30 Mar 2011
By norters
Format:Kindle Edition
This was one of my first 'indie' purchases I made for my brand new Kindle. I was reading some of the threads over on the discussion boards, looking for something to pique my interest as well as researching the 'self publishing' phenomenon and came upon Learn Me Good. The synopsis as written on the forum made me take notice and soon after I was over to the product page like a shot.

Within half an hour of purchase I was nearly half way through it. I would have finished it all in one sitting but it was sunny outside and the dog was pestering me for a walk :) With the dog pacified I returned to the book and in another hour and a half I was done!

I would recommend this book not only to anyone who enjoys a good funny, but to anyone who owns a Kindle. Take advantage of the price it is now because if there is any justice then the price will soon rise. It deserves to.

Keenly awaiting the sequel!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sample only, but that was enough for me 21 Aug 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I've usually enjoyed this kind of book. I liked Frank Chalk's teacher books, the others from doctors, vets, 999 operators etc.

This was the first American one I've read and it felt like it. I imagine it was meant to describe to the reader what a nightmare it is to be a teacher (like Frank Chalk's books), whereas it sounded pleasant enough to me. Exactly the kind of thing I would expect teaching to be like. I've had plenty of worse jobs myself.

Where it really goes badly is in the telling via emails. It reads a bit like Adrian Mole's diary, only the funny parts aren't particularly funny and the references to people at Pearson's previous pump company even less so. This book is written well enough and the Kindle-isation is pretty impeccable, but I found myself struggling to finish the sample. 3/5
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very funny 15 Jun 2011
By Kew
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
A light-hearted account of a year in the life of a new teacher, told through emails. This had me giggling several times. Makes me glad that I am not a teacher but leaves me with admiration for those who are!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Learn Me Good 3 Mar 2013
By Joo TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I quite enjoyed this book.

The format is one-way emails from a new teacher to his ex colleague and some people might not like that, but I found it easy to read. I liked that the teacher would compare what the children said and did into what he imagined his ex colleagues would do.

To me it came across as if he was really fond of his charges, even the troublesome ones.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Learn me good
One of John Pearson's best work yet it's gets 5 stars from me it is very funny and very clever
Published 15 months ago by Darren Ryder
5.0 out of 5 stars A funny read
I enjoyed this book, it was easy to pick up for a quick read as the text is in the form of emails sent to a former colleague. Read more
Published 24 months ago by JulesG
1.0 out of 5 stars terrible
really annoying book - the author tries very hard to be funny but he doesnt manage this very often, in most paragraphs at least one word is in capital letters as if that is the... Read more
Published on 4 April 2012 by ann johnston
5.0 out of 5 stars easy reading.. amusing in parts
I liked this book.. easy to pick and put down without having to remember anything to complicated.Ideal for travelling, The book takes the form of e mails written by the author to a... Read more
Published on 30 Mar 2012 by jill in Derby
4.0 out of 5 stars Quite funny
I enjoyed this book. It was different as its a series of emails between two former workmates. You get a good insight into the teacher and his pupils and it was worth reading. Read more
Published on 27 Feb 2012 by trappa
4.0 out of 5 stars Genuinely amusing
I found "Learn Me Good" to be a very enjoyable read. It would be just the thing if you are looking for something light and genuinely amusing to read to brighten your day.
Published on 25 Feb 2012 by J. Anderson
4.0 out of 5 stars Made me chuckle out loud...
This was one of the funniest things I have read in quite a while. It actually had me chuckling out loud. Read more
Published on 22 Feb 2012 by Cheryl M-M
2.0 out of 5 stars It shouldn't happen to a reader?
I picked this up when it was free because it had a vibe that suggested it might be a fun romp along the lines of 'It shouldn't happen to a teacher'. Read more
Published on 23 Oct 2011 by DarrenHF
5.0 out of 5 stars Left me giggling like a schoolgirl :)
John Pearson's Learn me good is extremely entertaining. Written in email format to an ex colleague of his, John talks through the first year of being a math teacher. Read more
Published on 24 May 2011 by CindafkinRella
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read
I really enjoyed this book which surprised me, as I had a few misgivings when I found out it was written as a series of emails. Read more
Published on 21 May 2011 by Suze
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