Confessions of a Substitute Teacher

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Xlibris Corporation LLC, Jan 21, 2010 - Education - 225 pages
There are many reasons to become a substitute teacher. They include flexible regular work hours, no teaching experience necessary, relatively few non-work responsibilities, being influential to students, being able to do and have great practice for future teachers, and the ability to choose the age group of students to teach. Experiences may vary but what makes substitute teacher-author John Barr Jr. say "don't work for PESG or teach in Ypsilanti, Michigan"? Discover his untold stories of being a sub in his upcoming book, Confessions of a Substitute Teacher. Written with such fervor and vividness, this eye-opener chronicles Barr's unforgettable experiences from the good times to the bad: from receiving letters and cupcakes from several students to being assaulted by a fifth-grader. Having "subbed" for twelve years, Barr provides insightful ideas and suggestions that may prove relevant to teaching today's classrooms especially in schools where students are known to disrespect teachers. He also shares a little bit of history and how each school district compare and contrast."I know I am taking a big risk by writing this book but it is a story that needs to be told, not just for me but for a lot of subs as well who are underpaid and under respected," Barr states.

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Mr. Barr speaks some truth as to life as a substitute and PESG's practices (districts and PESG do fire subs for small reasons without fair warning or opportunity to discuss), but some of the things he admits to doing (returning repeatedly to a school he was fired from, writing threatening letters under fake names, etc) are totally inappropriate and unnecessary. Honestly, a lot of his misery he seems to have brought on himself. He seems to lack a bit of common sense--and this book seems to have lacked a decent copy editor. Numerous spelling and grammar errors are rife throughout this torrid tome. For Mr. Barr, if you truly feel this way toward PESG and Ypsilanti Schools (which, by the way, a large chunk of my family attended and graduated from) then I offer this advice: "The best revenge is a life well lived." Pick up the pieces, move the hell on, and don't give it a second thought.
Christian Young,
Metro Detroit English teacher that worked for PESG for many years until attaining his certification and own classroom

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"A great book. I learned more about substitute teaching from this book than anything else I have ever read. What the author says about subbing is true, as I have had bad experiences subbing from students, teachers, and administrators also. He hit the nail right on the head. Buy a copy today. Although I can understand why some people might not like the book I am just amazed at the anger and axes to grind that some of the other reviewers have for the author or the book." 

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