Any good books about elementary school teachers?

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  1. HorseLover

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    Do any of you know any good books about teachers at the elementary level? Most of those that I find are high school. Some I have already read are:

    "Teaching Hope: Stories from the Freedom Writer Teachers and Erin Gruwell"

    "The Price of Stones: Building a School for My Village" by Twesigye Jackson Kaguri with Susan Urbanek Linville

    "Teach Like Your Hair's On Fire: The Methods and Madness Inside Room 56" by Rafe Esquith

    I'm looking for more memoir/journal (or even fiction, but preferably no-fiction) style rather than "how-to" type of books.
     
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    I love the book "32 Third Graders and One Class Bunny: Life Lessons from Teaching" by Philip Done. It's one of my absolute favorites. He is so funny and honest about teaching elementary school.

    I've read a couple by TFA teachers, because that's about all I can seem to find for elementary. I really hope someone else responds to this, because, like you, I've been wanting to find some more books like this and have been having no luck!

    Edit: I remembered some...
    "Ms. Moffett's First Year" is an interesting read. It's about a second career teacher who goes through an alternative program in NYC in 2000. With no experience, she is assigned to a 1st grade class in an inner city school. I wouldn't call it uplifting, but it was a good book.

    Another I read YEARS ago is "Taught by America: A Story of Struggle and Hope in Compton" by Sarah Sentilles - this is about a TFA recruit teaching 1st grade in Compton. I don't remember enough to share an opinion, but I might read it again now that I actually teach 1st grade.

    I have also read "Educating Esme" but I didn't it much. The author's tone was too self assured for my taste.
     
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    The Great Expectations School by Dan Brown was very good
    Loved 32 Third Graders and One Class Bunny by Philip Done!
    The Essential 55 by Ron Clark has some good content, but you kind of get the feeling he stopped several times throughout writing it to pat himself on the back and/or admire himself in the mirror.
     
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    My Great Aunt Arizona is one of my favorite books ever. True story about a teacher who taught for many, many years in a rural mountain area. Great illustrations too.
     
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    Does Ron Clark have a memoir or am I imagining that? I know his story was made into a movie.
     
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    People in my area are reading the Book Whisperer.
     
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    32 Third Graders and One Class Bunny is my absolute favorite.
     
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    Yes, those 3 that you read are good. I like these 3 even more.

    1. A Shining Season by James Buchanon
    2. Marva Collins Way by Marva Collins
    3. The Essential 55 by Ron Clark

    These 3 have changed my teaching career.
     
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    Educating Esme is a good one about her first job teaching 5th grade and the challenges she faced. There are a lot of fun and creative ideas in her book.
     
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    Teach Like A Champion is a good resource book. It was our school's summer read a couple of years ago.
     
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    This was a great book. I need to reread this one.
     
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    I just finished "It's Not All Flowers and Sausages." The reviews on Amazon are very mixed. Some readers really take issue with the author's sarcasm when it comes to certain things that she feels inhibit her from doing her job the best way possible. Other reviews state that the readers really found it humorous. I'm in the latter camp. I think sometimes you either have to laugh or get taken away in a straightjacket, no matter your profession.
     
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    I love Torey Hayden books. They are her experiences and always empower me. Beautiful Child is my favorite.
     
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    My all time favorite is Tracy Kidder's Among Schoolchildren.
     
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    Letters to a Young Teacher by Jonathon Kozol
     
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    "The Year of Miss Agnes." Just finished this book while on vacation. It is a children's chapter book about a teacher in Alaska. Even though it was a book for kids and written from that viewpoint, I really enjoyed it!
     
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    The Water is Wide

    The Water is Wide by Pat Conroy, based on his time teaching on an island off the coast of South Carolina, is a good one. I saw the movie "Conrack," which is based on the book in one of my education classes, then I went out and read the book.
     

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