32 Third Graders and One Class Bunny: Life Lessons from Teaching

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Simon and Schuster, Sep 1, 2009 - Education - 304 pages
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Phillip Done fixes staplers that won't staple, zippers that won't zip, and pokes pins in the caps of glue bottles that will not pour. He has sung "Happy Birthday" 657 times.
A witness to the joys of discovery, Done inspires readers with the everyday adventures and milestones of his 32 third graders in this irresistible collection of bite-sized essays. From the nervous first day of school to the hectic Halloween parade to the disastrous spring musical, Done connects what happens in his classroom to the universal truths that touch us all. He reminds us of the delight of learning something for the first time and of the value of making a difference.
32 Third Graders and One Class Bunny is for anyone who has ever taught children -- or been to third grade. It is a testament to the kids who uplift us -- and the teachers we will never forget. With just the right mix of humor and wisdom, Done reveals the enduring promise of elementary school as a powerful antidote to the cynicism of our times.
 

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User Review  - EllsbethB - LibraryThing

This was a fun listen about the daily life of an elementary teacher. There were some parts that seemed a bit too condescending to me regarding students, but there were also parts that were dead on and had me laughing. Read full review

Review: 32 Third Graders and One Class Bunny: Life Lessons from Teaching

User Review  - Brooke - Goodreads

AMAZING! Pure joy in this book. Phillip Done writes of life lessons learned while teaching his 32 third graders and one class bunny. Just the kind of book that make me celebrate teachers and miss being one. Read full review

Contents

Am a Teacher
1
Fall
8
Only Thirtyeight Weeks to Go
14
You Can Always Expect
30
Tired
47
Frog and Toad
63
The PieEating Contest
71
Out for a Day
86
The Christmas Concert
148
How to Know When You Need a Vacation
161
Tortilla Snowflakes
175
April Fools
189
French Lessons
203
Gifted
217
How Old Is Your Mom?
230
How Many Times Have I Said That?
246

Halloween
99
When to Stop Teaching
112
The Looks
129
Sugar Cookies
143
Wheres the Hole Punch?
261
The Dinner Invitation
276
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About the author (2009)

Phillip Done won the Schwab Foundation Distinguished Teacher Award. Nominated for the Disney Teacher of the Year Award, he has taught elementary school for twenty years. He lives in Mountain View, California.

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