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Author G. J. Griffiths has an easy, very readable and interesting, style of writing; it kept my attention initially and throughout. Although I've never been an instructor at any level, still I found the teachers, staff, and students realistic and recognisable. I recommend this book.when you're looking for a relaxing, comfortable, and entertaining, read
I reviewed an ARC provided by the author for the sole purpose of my fair and honest review. No fees were exchanged.
The book is well-written and humorous. The writing was clear and easy to read and the dialogue was realistic. There were times when I laughed out loud at the stories that students told to avoid getting into trouble--very typical of kids this age. I cared about the main character, Robert Jeffrey. He was very likable, and I felt like cheering with his decisions, though not always.
The main things that I didn't like:
-There was no grand plot. The main conflict included the difficulties that Mr Jeffery faced as a teacher.
-I didn't find the cover appealing, but maybe this is just me.
Overall, I think this story will appeal to teachers, as it describes the realities of the classroom: dealing with unruly students, trying to get kids to enjoy your subject, keeping order and discipline, etc.
I was told that this was intended to be series of stories but when I read it seemed structured more like a novel, albeit with individual anecdotes included here and there. The book tells the tale of a men, Robert Jeffrey, who sets out to prove to himself (and his father under whose shadow he always seems to be) that he can become a Science teacher who will motivate children and get them to enjoy Science. Therefore, the setting is very much a school one and it is so realistically portrayed that I suspect the author has been, or maybe still is, a Science teacher. The classroom scenes and the interaction of the teachers among themselves and with their pupils are brilliantly described. They really do make for riveting reading.
The plot itself is rather a loose one, which perhaps accounts for its being described as a collection of tales and basically focuses on Robert Jeffrey's progression from a newly qualified teacher, bright eyed and bushy tailed but as naïve as he is well intentioned, to a highly respected and experienced member of staff and his encounters with a particularly unpleasant bully boy, Kyle, (good name for a bully!) who has no respect for authority or, indeed, anyone. His exploits are very epitomized by his physical and mental bullying of the brothers Adam and Nigel Shantra, two intelligent and well behaved boys who are no match for bully boy Kyle at school.
The characterisation in the book is one of its strongest features. Robert Jeffrey, around whom all of the action revolves, is a multi-faceted character who exhibits a combination of strengths and weaknesses in a complex mix.Read more ›
A Nice read!
I highly recommend this book - especially to teachers!
The cast in these stories is considerable, as it must be in order to paint a complete picture of a classroom, as well as the experiences of a teacher, over time--students, staff, experiences inside and outside a classroom that define one’s career. Initially, the load can be overwhelming, but it does not remain so. Some characters come to the forefront and remain, an afterimage stuck on the retina, while others fade into the background.
Still, it’s the children who hold this story together. Certainly the teachers are of some interest, but it’s the children’s behavior and development that capture our fascination while it is the teacher’s role to harness their potential. I want the teacher to succeed, but into that success is woven the successes and failures of the children, and in dealing with the children we learn more about them. Mr. Jeffrey seems to identify very early on that these aren’t simply children or students, they are individual human beings with distinct characters, even if some are negative. This is something a teacher understands.
Interestingly, one of the early lessons Mr. Jeffrey learns is that he can’t be nice, that he must be an authority figure rather than a friend. And yet, as he gains control over the children this allows him to receive more of their attention and become more attenuated to their needs and distresses. Which is what he wants from teaching, in addition to making them successful students and appreciating the genuinely curious.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
This collection of three books uses some cross-fertilisation of character and setting but each would stand alone quite comfortably and, arguably, more successfully. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Allie
This three-parter centers around the life of high school students and teachers in the UK. I would recommend this read to my friends in the teaching profession. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Marie-Jo Fortis
The best in the ‘So What!’ series. Robert Jeffrey joins the teaching profession on a ‘try-it-out-for-a-year’ whim against the wishes of his father who feels he can do better, being... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Anna Fantabulous
So What! Stories or Whatever by G.J.Griffiths
Mr. Jeffrey is looking back at the years he spent as a teacher. Read more
Despite the title, I decided to read this as a story. It is about a science teacher and the schools and students. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Asian Mind
A revealing and honest insight into the life of a teacher, a profession I already had a lot of respect for. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Mike D
Although personally I found high school a little more insidious than the stories in this book might suggest, the author did a really good job at taking me back to my days as a... Read morePublished on 16 April 2015 by S. Astbury
Griffiths's writing style is fluid and readable, expressing the `story' in a series of vignettes of (I suppose) his lifetime experience as a teacher, sometimes emotionally, but... Read morePublished on 12 Feb. 2015 by AF
. I found myself in quite a dilemma trying to analyze this book. Portions are charming description of life at a British school, something teachers everywhere would love to read. Read morePublished on 2 Jan. 2015 by Amazon Customer
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