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A Personal Journey to the Heart of Teaching Paperback – 12 May 2014
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Here is a man who is in touch with his feelings, passionate about his chosen career and admits to accepting direction from female colleagues - a really very good package - a teacher who cares about his students and his family, and has a healthy, balanced view of himself, while constantly striving to be the best that he can be.
Everyone who reads this memoir will come away with many positive emotions. For example, I appreciate his honesty when he discusses those "demons" many of us fight most of our lives - the fear of failure for one - being at the heart of many never starting a journey.
His illustrious career in education moved him to the next successful venture - Publishing - and I have no doubt that he, along with his wife, will continue to have great success. If you need inspiration, or a good example of how to make decisions when deciding which course your life should take, I recommend reading this book. You'll come away with a renewed feeling of purpose. Oh, and did I mention that the book is flawlessly written and edited?
As a teacher myself this resonated with me. The giving of time and energy through things such as his dinner-time 'club' showed a selflessness that is essential in a good teacher.
Teaching is the most important job in the world - it is building the future, affecting young lives, expanding minds and horizons, giving confidence, and enabling children to grow. John tells of his struggle, from the early days of breaking away from his family and dealing with his feelings of insecurity to finding his feet in the classroom and becoming a major figure in the lives of all those thousands of young people.
We need more people like John in our classrooms. I really enjoyed reading about it.
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!
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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