Need inspiring novel about a teacher

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  1. gr8_life

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    Seeking something motivating and inspiring that will read like a novel and not a "how-to" book or a book with short little passages.

    Must have language that is suitable for a high school student.

    Educating Esme is not the answer, too many vulgar words for my taste.

    Must be in paperback, there is no budget. :dizzy::cool::cool::cool::cool:
     
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  3. dovian

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    Haven't read it myself but other teachers in my building use "To Sir, With Love". Another possibility is "Freedom Writers" - my kids love the movie, and again, I haven't read the book, but worth looking into.
     
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    Thanks! I am considering Great Expections School after hearing about it.
     
  5. SwOcean Gal

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    Inspiring novel about a teacher for high schoolers? I love Luanne Johnson- Dangerous Minds- vulgar language though and I have not read that book- I think it is called My Posse Dont Do Homework. Then there is Torey Hayden, which would probably not be approved- those books include some really harsh, heartbreaking realities, but it is wicked inspiring. Richard Bach's Illusions and his Johnathan Livingston Seagull which I am not sure if anyone classifies as teacher/inspirational with the exception of me, but those are all the inspirational teacher novels (and movies) I turn to. I have read all of these prior to high school, but it depends on the student. I would certainly preread them prior to suggesting them to students. I also did not care for Educating Esme. There is also that book Teach like your hair is on fire, by someone whose name begins with an R- you can find it on amazon, but I thought it was kinda like Esme and I did not care for it. Another idea is the book Everything I need to know I learned in kindergarten, again that is kinda iffy categorization as are the books about the people behind sesame street- like Big Birds book and those books I forget the titles but I read them and was inspired. I guess I am not much help, but I cannot wait to read other peoples ideas!
     
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    Prisoner of Wonderland by Jane Keeler.
     
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    I teach Angela's Ashes...1/2 the class likes it, 1/4 doesn't like it and typically the last 1/4 doesn't read it.
     

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