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A Personal Journey to the Heart of Teaching Paperback – 12 May 2014

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Fiora Books (12 May 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0993655807
  • ISBN-13: 978-0993655807
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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Wow! What a great book and certainly a book which should be read by everybody thinking of starting a career in teaching! I thoroughly enjoyed the author's story telling of his life and career with just the right mixture of personal history and insight into what makes a great teacher.
I have eight children and experience of many teachers over the year so have learned to distinguish between the average and good teachers. I believe the author was a great teacher and would have loved him to teach my kids.
I was surprised how emotional I became more than once while reading this book, which is I think a testimony to the quality of the writing.
I looked hard to try and find a spelling mistake but failed so its a definite A+, I mean 5 stars!
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This is indeed a very personal journey I feel privileged to have shared. It is a frank eye-opener on the effect of parents on a boy growing up in a family with a strong work ethic, the Canadian education system, so different from ours in the UK, and the powerful pull of the Catholic faith.

Mr Fioravanti is clearly a perfectionist who sets himself very high standards, and constantly doubts, often against the evidence of colleagues and the responses of his students, that he achieves them.He most certainly does in this book and it is one I recommend to anybody, whether or not they are involved in education.
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John Fioravanti takes us into a journey of his life experience in teaching – not the easiest of careers in this day and age of unruly teenagers! He speaks with great honesty of how he faced his “demons” in coming to terms with his lack of self-confidence, low esteem and his doubts of being a “failure,” which he certainly wasn’t. It was a relatively short and easy read, and his style of writing is good, as one would expect from a former teacher of English. However, if the reader is expecting something on the lines of “Dead Poets’ Society,” or “Mr Holland’s Opus,” he or she might be disappointed. I would love to have heard more about his life in the seminary and the reasons for his decision to leave, and some more about his students and their personalities, with a few humorous incidents thrown in? But this is just a suggestion. His book is just as it says on the tin, but it left me thirsting for more. Having said that, for those of you, intending to go in to teaching, his experiences will prove an invaluable guide, and it is a thoroughly worthwhile read.
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An interesting book, linear in style, that reflects on the author's life as a teacher. It chronicles his teen years, through a brief brush with seminary and exploration of a calling to the priesthood, to his final retirement. The biographical subject matter should be dry unless you are a teacher, but John's relationship to his students brings it to life. I even caught myself reflecting on my relationships with the teachers who influenced me in my youth, those who unknowingly helped shape my view of the world, the literature I now love or that helped me become more confident as a young adult. I think this would appeal to many readers who are at a point in their lives where they want to look back and stake, finally getting the difference they have made. Not a bad read at all!
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