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I went into teaching to change the world. Instead, my students changed me. These are some of my stories. I tell them at a time when education's gone from being "a noble pursuit" to the epicenter of a national storm. Good teachers are leaving the field at staggering rates. Politicians and pundits are out in full force. Everyone has something to say about education--everyon I went into teaching to change the world. Instead, my students changed me. These are some of my stories. I tell them at a time when education's gone from being "a noble pursuit" to the epicenter of a national storm. Good teachers are leaving the field at staggering rates. Politicians and pundits are out in full force. Everyone has something to say about education--everyone except the students and teachers in the classroom. Don't Sniff the Glue: A Teacher's Misadventures in Education Reform is the humorous and heartwarming story of one teacher working through idealism and red tape to teach the teens who will soon run the world.


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I went into teaching to change the world. Instead, my students changed me. These are some of my stories. I tell them at a time when education's gone from being "a noble pursuit" to the epicenter of a national storm. Good teachers are leaving the field at staggering rates. Politicians and pundits are out in full force. Everyone has something to say about education--everyon I went into teaching to change the world. Instead, my students changed me. These are some of my stories. I tell them at a time when education's gone from being "a noble pursuit" to the epicenter of a national storm. Good teachers are leaving the field at staggering rates. Politicians and pundits are out in full force. Everyone has something to say about education--everyone except the students and teachers in the classroom. Don't Sniff the Glue: A Teacher's Misadventures in Education Reform is the humorous and heartwarming story of one teacher working through idealism and red tape to teach the teens who will soon run the world.

30 review for Don't Sniff the Glue: A Teacher's Misadventures in Education Reform

  1. 5 out of 5

    Venus Blancia

    Happy World Teachers' Day to All! Here is one great read for all of us. :) I wish I could write like this someday. <3 Happy World Teachers' Day to All! Here is one great read for all of us. :) I wish I could write like this someday. <3

  2. 4 out of 5

    J

    This was a book that I won in a giveaway given by an author for YA books although it doesn't quite match the concept of the giveaway. Anyway I found the title interesting and one that caught my eye while wondering what could be truly found within the pages. Would it be as good as its sounds? Or it is a disguise? All in all I was surprised by the content of the book but it proved to be a good surprise. The author gives the reader an inside look into the often frustrating and undervalued teacher This was a book that I won in a giveaway given by an author for YA books although it doesn't quite match the concept of the giveaway. Anyway I found the title interesting and one that caught my eye while wondering what could be truly found within the pages. Would it be as good as its sounds? Or it is a disguise? All in all I was surprised by the content of the book but it proved to be a good surprise. The author gives the reader an inside look into the often frustrating and undervalued teacher - a job where everyone places the failure of the world on your shoulders even as you struggle to do what you can with what they will allow you. It is a world that can relate to the drudgery and often attacked position of a police office, which was also a mention in the book. Furthermore I enjoyed the fact that we get to learn some of the life lessons that Dawn hopefully has taught her students and proves with her words that it takes not teachers but a village who cares to make our education a lot better and more modern. At the same time she proves with her words how other professions touch hers whether in good or bad ways thus repeating the story that we all need to rely on one another while at the same time being cognizant of the problems one may face in trying to reach goals that are not user-friendly. At times the reading was a bit dry and there were a few spelling mistakes such as words being left out. Nothing big to take away from the reading if you can look past it. But in the end it is a good read and one that will have people thinking whether in the teaching field or outside it about what can we do to help encourage the changes that need to come.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Scott

    Full disclosure: I went to college with Casey. We remain friends. A year or two younger, she is, and so as these things go, I will be harder on her than I am on your average author. So let's get that rating thing out of the way right now: 4.5 stars. Don't Sniff the Glue isn't about addiction, or recovery ... or is it? I admit I (used to) belong to the "what the hell are you doing teaching, Casey?" camp, an outsider looking into the bureaucratic, political horror show that "Education" as a Topic o Full disclosure: I went to college with Casey. We remain friends. A year or two younger, she is, and so as these things go, I will be harder on her than I am on your average author. So let's get that rating thing out of the way right now: 4.5 stars. Don't Sniff the Glue isn't about addiction, or recovery ... or is it? I admit I (used to) belong to the "what the hell are you doing teaching, Casey?" camp, an outsider looking into the bureaucratic, political horror show that "Education" as a Topic of Concern has become. Casey brings us into that show, with patience, whimsy, and (because us Gen Xers exist on the Cynical plane) optimistic cynicism (yes that's a thing). Sure there is plenty to get angry - some might say righteous - about, if you choose to. Casey chooses not to, instead demonstrating a passion for her vocation that we have forgotten can exist, that we fervently hope exists, in our genericized, cocktail party version of Education. This isn't a book for teachers. Or, rather, ONLY for teachers. Sure, it will resonate with them, but they already live the craziness inside the system. This book is for the rest of us, to remind us not just about the importance of the customers of Education (the kids), but also about passion, how it drives us to succeed in the face of absurdity, apathy, and obstacles that can make the less-driven find a quiet corner to weep in. It reminds us how we can change the world.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Leila

    I admit I could be a bit biased, because I went to college with Dawn. But I really enjoyed following along through her journey and learning about how she got into education, what keeps her there and what makes her fear for the future of our public education system. She has interesting anecdotes and well-thought-out recommendations to make. And her conversational prose and liberal use of humor keep the reading light and fun. If you want a glimpse into the life of our teachers, pick up this book. I admit I could be a bit biased, because I went to college with Dawn. But I really enjoyed following along through her journey and learning about how she got into education, what keeps her there and what makes her fear for the future of our public education system. She has interesting anecdotes and well-thought-out recommendations to make. And her conversational prose and liberal use of humor keep the reading light and fun. If you want a glimpse into the life of our teachers, pick up this book. Also, as a graphic designer, I'll note that the cover art is fantastic. I had to buy the paperback version in order to see it in person and it did not disappoint! Kudos to the designer.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Colleen

    This book accurately reveals what it's like to be a public school teacher today, and makes suggestions for how education needs to change to truly prepare students for the world we live in. Unlike other teaching books that list pedagogical strategies, this one tells a story, a story that all teachers can relate to, at least in part. A must read for teachers. This book accurately reveals what it's like to be a public school teacher today, and makes suggestions for how education needs to change to truly prepare students for the world we live in. Unlike other teaching books that list pedagogical strategies, this one tells a story, a story that all teachers can relate to, at least in part. A must read for teachers.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Dawn

    This is my book--I wrote it. But, Goodreads keeps popping it up for me to review, so I'll just say this--I hope you'll read it, because I put a lot of heart into telling my truth--and it's not just about education. I hope you find it both entertaining and valuable! This is my book--I wrote it. But, Goodreads keeps popping it up for me to review, so I'll just say this--I hope you'll read it, because I put a lot of heart into telling my truth--and it's not just about education. I hope you find it both entertaining and valuable!

  7. 4 out of 5

    sara hawes

    I love this topic. Who doesn't believe Teachers should be recognized for the amazing work they do? Most of us have had the benefit of at least 1 or 2 teachers who have inspired and encouraged us, even entertained us .. but the fact remains they don't get paid for the incredible work they do to shape our lives. The pay gap isn't as daunting as the actual demands of BEING a teacher but somehow "Miss Casey" manages to make light of the struggle. I laughed out loud. She's whip smart and speaks from I love this topic. Who doesn't believe Teachers should be recognized for the amazing work they do? Most of us have had the benefit of at least 1 or 2 teachers who have inspired and encouraged us, even entertained us .. but the fact remains they don't get paid for the incredible work they do to shape our lives. The pay gap isn't as daunting as the actual demands of BEING a teacher but somehow "Miss Casey" manages to make light of the struggle. I laughed out loud. She's whip smart and speaks from the heart. The kind of book you can read over and over. I'm a huge fan of audio and this is definitely one of my favorites bc the author is the narrator and hearing her tell the story makes you feel like you are taking the journey right along with her. Well done!! Beautifully written. A+++++++++++++ *would love to see this developed into a documentary and curious how different cultures around the world approach education.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Mandy Norrell

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    Kaitlin Barnes

  27. 4 out of 5

    Lara

  28. 4 out of 5

    jacobo

  29. 5 out of 5

    Starr Sackstein

  30. 4 out of 5

    Mark Barnes

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