Diary of an Inner City Teacher


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This is the sort of teacher I respect though; fighting a losing battle to instill some respect and work ethic, calm but firm I love that if a disruptive kid refuses to leave the room he just throws their stuff out the door and watches them follow it , trying to help the kids who do want to learn they really do exist. What happened to the days when kids just knew they had to do as they were told? Okay, I do sound old May 10, Rhea rated it did not like it. I hate to say this, but this is one of the worst things I have ever read. It was a struggle, but I genuinely persevered because I hoped it might get better.

It doesn't. The writer, 'Mr Chalk' starts off by letting us know he's this 'really, cool, nice, liberal dude' but consistently spouts enough drivel to entirely disprove his own claims. He is disrespectful about the insinuation and profession in which he works; rude about his colleagues and unfair to and about his pupils.

It is also poorly ex I hate to say this, but this is one of the worst things I have ever read. It is also poorly executed as the writing style is poor and derivative. It would have worked much better had 'Mr Chalk' appeared interested in the lives and futures of the children whom he appears to think so little of, but alas. The only problem with the UK Comprehensive Schooling system is that there genuinely are these kind of pompous idiots attempting to influence children who need the most guidance. What a shame.

View 1 comment. Mar 15, Emma rated it did not like it. This book is nothing short of cynical, old-fashioned, judgemental drivel. The author's comments on the lifestyles and social statuses of the students apparently even the use of the word 'students' is laughable in this miser's opinion and their families are deplorable, as are the dismissive comments about students with SEN and other educational needs being 'thick'.

Along with casual misogyny and sneering commentary on stress and psychological bullying within the workplace heaven forbid other a This book is nothing short of cynical, old-fashioned, judgemental drivel. Along with casual misogyny and sneering commentary on stress and psychological bullying within the workplace heaven forbid other adults don't hold this man's privileged position of pristine mental health , the overall lasting impression is that of a bitter, jaded man who has no place in modern education.

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Apr 27, Mothwing rated it liked it Shelves: mental-health , abuse-and-bullying , abuse-as-backstory , funny , , manly-men. I'm always thrilled when I find once more that inner city schools are similar the world over. I find myself agreeing with many of the basic observations he makes, though I think that his language towards his students is too harsh in some passages. Sep 16, Bel Murphy rated it it was ok. What's this book, after all, if not an extended whinge? There is nothing wrong with the quality of the writing and some parts did make me chuckle and laugh aloud a couple of times.

The description of the council estate is poetic and clever. What rankled with me as teacher, it is people like Frank, aka caricature curmudgeon, that it is people like him that have a very negative effect on a school. Rather than just a witty memoir to his teaching career, which he openly admits he is neither likes, nor is in for the long haul. It reads more like a catharti There is nothing wrong with the quality of the writing and some parts did make me chuckle and laugh aloud a couple of times.

It reads more like a cathartic mild venting of the spleen, which is fine if it has a something more to hold your attention, not just episodic moaning! I know, and have known many teachers in the profession well it used to be a profession! I've read allegedly humorous books that have not even managed to make my facial muscles contort, so for that reason you might want to read it. For that reason and the quality of the writing it gets 4 starts. What I do guarantee you, if you love that gorgeous Jeremy Clarkson, you'll bloody love this.

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Feb 25, Terry Freedman rated it it was amazing Shelves: teaching. This book by Frank Chalk is at one and the same time both excruciating and hilarious. Anyone who has ever taught in a "challenging" secondary school will recognize immediately the stereotypical students, teachers and senior management portrayed here. The chapter on the ICT suite is a case in point: "The work done in the IT suite looks, to a non-expert outsider like myself, like a mixture of typing and that exercise you used to do aged six, in junior school; the one where you would cut pictures out This book by Frank Chalk is at one and the same time both excruciating and hilarious.

The chapter on the ICT suite is a case in point: "The work done in the IT suite looks, to a non-expert outsider like myself, like a mixture of typing and that exercise you used to do aged six, in junior school; the one where you would cut pictures out of magazines and stick them on a large piece of coloured paper to make a collage. Cutting and pasting, we used to call it. What progress we have made! This book is a full-length version of a staffroom cynic's hilarious diatribe. Buy it. This review was originally published in my Digital Education newsletter.

Feb 05, Melanie Thomas rated it liked it. I had high hopes for this book after reading the assertion at the beginning that there would be no exaggeration and all stories in the book had actually happened to our anonymous author during his time as a teacher. The more I read, the more obvious it became that this was not true. The book is the ramblings of a cynical and jaded man.

Taken as a piece of comedy writing on the subject of education, it's a very entertaining way to spend a few hours. However, as a supposedly accurate portrayal of li I had high hopes for this book after reading the assertion at the beginning that there would be no exaggeration and all stories in the book had actually happened to our anonymous author during his time as a teacher.

However, as a supposedly accurate portrayal of life as a teacher, it fails disastrously. Some of the generalisations when talking about the students and the lifestyles they lead outside school are pure Daily Mail scaremongering. It also gives a completely inaccurate impression of both education generally and what it means to be a teacher, contributing to the low opinion held of the profession amongst the general public which, ironically, the author bemoans in the book. Approach it as a work of fiction.

It is the only way to read this book.

Diary Of A Teacher In Training

I went to a school not dissimilar to the one written about in these pages and we went through our fair share of supply teachers. They all got laughed at. One was nearly crying after sitting on a broken table and falling on the floor after the whole class laughed at him. One stormed out the class never to be seen again. One cried his eyes out in a French class because he couldn't get help from staff on his mobile phone.

On reflection this was silly behaviour but that's how supply teachers are tre I went to a school not dissimilar to the one written about in these pages and we went through our fair share of supply teachers. On reflection this was silly behaviour but that's how supply teachers are treated and looked upon. I didn't feel much sympathy for Mr. Okay he shouldn't be treated like crap by his students but at the same time he wants to just do his job and go off home, he doesn't care about fixing the system or trying to help the students. And that was my experience with most supply teachers, there to do a job and go home.

Makes me wonder whether Mr Chalk ever made an appearance at my school, he certainly sounds like quite a few of the supply teachers I had over the years. Oct 25, Peter rated it it was ok Shelves: non-fiction , true-stories.

This book presents an eye-opening albeit apparently jaded view of part of the school system in the UK. It's hard to imagine a school environment as bleak as the one portrayed, but I can believe that it does exist in places. I can also believe that there are many teachers who like the author are really just stuck in a job, with no great passion or gifting for it.

There is a mixture of stories, ranging from somewhat amusing to mildly shocking, and you can feel a bit of an emotional bond with th This book presents an eye-opening albeit apparently jaded view of part of the school system in the UK. There is a mixture of stories, ranging from somewhat amusing to mildly shocking, and you can feel a bit of an emotional bond with the author for all his tribulations.

It's all a little disjoint and repetitive though, without terribly much variety. There's definitely some interesting stuff in there, but I think it could easily have been a third of the length and still conveyed everything. If you can read quite quickly and don't bore too easily, then this may be worth a look. I suspect most teachers and social workers would probably find it ridiculous or dull though! Clicking on the links in the LinkedIn reading list can be interesting.

When I checked out this jeremiad about modern schooling I found I was one of only two people who had added it to their lists. The other one is someone I recognise from my own school. He was in the year below me at QEGS in the eighties, lived nearby and travelled in on the same bus. He has better hair now, but it's definitely him. I think this qualifies as a freakish coincidence! Anyway, enough of that. This book is great and y Clicking on the links in the LinkedIn reading list can be interesting. This book is great and you should definitely read it.

It's depressing on one level: the horror stores about life in a modern school fill me with dread for my own primary-age daughter, but he steers just this side of bitterness and misanthropy, carefully pointing out that there are heroic teachers out there too, and the whole thing is laugh-out-loud funny, which certainly helped. Mar 25, Allana rated it really liked it. A firmly tongue in cheek, cynical description of what goes on inside some schools in Britain. Frank Chalk is incredibly witty, with a dry sense of humour.

His description of the antics of the 'Cherry Tree Estate' residents is certainly not politically correct, but it is hilariously funny, even if I did wince at the unfortunate stereotypes he was perpetuating. I loved this book, although at times I didn't like myself for loving it. Nonetheless, I think any teacher will recognise some of the event A firmly tongue in cheek, cynical description of what goes on inside some schools in Britain.

Nonetheless, I think any teacher will recognise some of the events in this book, although Mr Chalk takes it to extremes. He is brilliantly funny and this book WILL have you laughing out loud in places. However it is also quite dark and Chalk's depiction of a young pupil with academic ability languishing in a poor school with disruptive pupils and a difficult home life was saddening.

Totally non-PC, but often made me laugh aloud, which is a joy. I agree with much of what he says, certainly not all. The ridiculous language of modern education, shared by NHS managers, fools him not; not me either. The horrors of mixed ability teaching, the imposition of "academic" subjects on children whose talents lie elsewhere and the dumbing down of maths, science etc to ensure that "standards rise year upon year" rings true.

School was tedious enough in my childhood, even with selection, s Totally non-PC, but often made me laugh aloud, which is a joy. School was tedious enough in my childhood, even with selection, streaming and setting, but at least we all sat in rows, and classes were large enough to permit reading under the desk when life got dull. Wish we'd had Kindles then! May 01, Rachael Taylor rated it did not like it. What a negative, cynical man who clearly has nothing but contempt for the children he was "teaching. The type of school he was working in deserve teachers who genuinely care about the children instead of insulting them, their parents and where they live.

His anecdotes where neither funny or clever. I stuck with the book hoping that it would get better but instead we had "Mr Chalk" on his soapbox, recommending a re What a negative, cynical man who clearly has nothing but contempt for the children he was "teaching. I stuck with the book hoping that it would get better but instead we had "Mr Chalk" on his soapbox, recommending a return to traditional teaching and a tripartite system. Aparently, modern teaching methods will never work. Utter drivel and a number of hours of my life I will never get back.

I wish I could give it 0 stars. Feb 08, Stacey rated it really liked it. An entertaining read though i would not recommend it as a book for those who just want to have a laugh, sure there are some funny bits but most of the book seems to be a huge. I ended the book feeling quite miserable and depressed at the future of the the british schooling system which I'm half assuming is what the author intended us to feel. Frank Chalk is an ordinary teacher in an ordinary British school. A school where the kids get drunk, beat up the teachers and take drugs - when they can be bothered to turn up.

In high school, my writing was kinda pushed to the side so I could focus on school. When I entered college, I started writing small poems about my now ex-boyfriend. I was scared to express myself to him sometimes, the intensity of my feelings for him scared me. So instead of telling him, I wrote them down. When I tried to share them with him, he hated it. He thought writing down feelings was weird and creepy. So I didn't share anything else with him. When we finally broke up for good, everything just poured out of me.

What I couldn't express verbally, I wrote or typed out. I always have ideas flowing through my head. They never cease and I wouldn't want them to. Writing gives me an escape, from stress, work, school, or fights. It gives me a place to vent and to be open with everything. This is a reason I love writing for Odyssey, not only has this place brought me amazing friends but revived my love for writing. I'm never without my notebook anymore, I'd get distracted in class by an idea and have to write I think then and there.

I love sharing my more personal writing with close friends, especially my poems as of late. I found that I have a voice for young women who find themselves in a toxic relationship much like mine was.

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I want to speak out and show them that you can grow from the bullshit. It may take some time, but you will be better. Writing saved my sanity. It allows me to express myself without having to use my actual voice. Anyone who knows me, knows I hate public speaking. I tend to psych myself out leading up to it. My current projects include writing for Odyssey every week, I'm in the process of trying to continue my short stories, and I'm excited to announce that I'm currently working on my very first poetry book!

Writing has given me so much, and I'm so looking forward to making a career out of something I love so much. Home Communities Create Shop. Cover Image Credit: Campus Technology. Zackary Devoll Zackary Devoll May 9, At Muskingum University. Welcome new, meaningful ideas to your inbox. Sign up for our weekly newsletter. Thank you for signing up! Check your inbox for the latest from Odyssey.

As much as I hate to admit it, my big sister might be sort-of, slightly, cooler than I am. Cover Image Credit: teaser-trailer. Michaela Smith Michaela Smith Mar 13, At Auburn University.


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Connect with a generation of new voices. Learn more Start Creating. I love writing. Emilly Maitland Emilly Maitland Jun 20, At Longwood. I get on with the kids, too. They seem to enjoy a change of teacher for the day. I certainly enjoy the change of subject. Want to keep up with the latest education news and opinion? It only takes a moment and you'll get access to more news, plus courses, jobs and teaching resources tailored to you.

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