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Learn Me Good by [Pearson, John]
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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 toiled diligently as a math teacher for 13 years. He now applies his mad math skills as an analyst in a really tall building downtown. When he's not working, he's reading, blogging, or making YouTube videos like "Darth Vader Explains the Pythagorean Theorem." You may have seen (and hopefully rooted for) him on the Jeopardy Teachers Tournament in 2013 and the Tournament of Champions in 2014. His first book, Learn Me Good, was born of the baptism-by-fire nature of Pearson's first year as a teacher. His second, Learn Me Gooder (a sequel, can you tell?) practically wrote itself after 7 years of teaching third grade. His latest is a foray into the world of Fantasy Football. I Coulda Caught That Pass! (a true story about fake football) details one season in the National Football Liquors, his fantasy football league. His son Drew was born in May of 2012, so books about fatherhood and cluelessness may very well be on the way soon!

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1327 KB
  • Print Length: 212 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002C75GXK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 22 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #357,641 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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.


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

Rating: G
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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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Storyline: It's better than good; it's gooder even! Mr. Pearson's hilarious book chronicles his first year of teaching through a series of emails to a former coworker. It almost makes me want to be a teacher. Almost. Jack Woodson was laid off from his engineering job that he worked at for nearly 4 years and decided to become a school teacher. After all the necessary tests, certifications and teacher's training, he is now a brand spanking new math and science teacher at a Dallas area school with his very own class of 3rd grade students to mold into future world leaders.

Jack decides to share his day to day adventures and misadventures with a former colleague at the thermal design firm that laid him off. Learn Me Good is based on actual events. The names of the parties involved have all been changed to protect the innocent and deter the guilty from being too proud of their "accomplishments." Jack pokes fun at his old coworkers, even comparing their maturity level to that of the 3rd graders he teaches and all the while, sharing anecdotes about the 8 and 9 year olds' views on life, liberty and the pursuit of recess.

Grammar/Spelling: I did not notice any grammatical or spelling issues. (As to be expected, I mean, Mr. Pearson IS a teacher!)

Character Development: There were plenty of characters and plenty of character development. Mr. Pearson navigates through the first year of teaching with an ever-changing cast list in his class and a consistent group of players back at his old job. I could go on for ages about each character, but I'd not only be stealing Mr. Pearson's thunder, I'd also be doing him a disservice with simple summations of each person's integral part in the overall experience.
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