Attachments to Those Who Can

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iUniverse, Jul 29, 2010 - Education - 180 pages
The year is 1956. As the tires on the familys ancient GMC pickup bang out a rhythm on the dirt road to his northeast Missouri farm, fifteen-year-old John Henderson surprises his father by telling him he wants to be a teachera decision that eventually leads him from a small farming community in Missouri to Arizona, where he begins his lifes calling. Through an engaging format of attachments and emails, Henderson traces the evolution of his thirty-eight-year teaching career from its beginnings at Arizona State University as a graduate teaching assistant. Henderson chronicles his journey from an elite private boarding school in Scottsdale, Arizona, to a small religious-based collegeand concludes with his thirty-four year stint with the Maricopa Community College District in Phoenix. By observing the joys, turmoil, agonies, and even the mundane day-to-day moments of a teacher, Henderson offers a personal yet practical sociological exploration of classroom culture that provides both contemporary students and novice educators with a real-life glimpse into the challenging and rewarding world of classroom teaching. Essential reading for prospective teachers. Eugene Munger, author of Momma, Dont Ya Want Me to Learn Nothin'?

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John Henderson was born and raised in Monroe City, Missouri. After serving thirty-eight years as a sociology professor in Arizona, he retired to Flagstaff, Arizona, where he lives with his wife, Cheryl. He actively enjoys music, outdoor photography, and spending time with his six grandchildren, whom he hopes are considering careers in education.

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