32 Third Graders and One Class Bunny: Life Lessons from Teaching [NOOK Book]

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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...
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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Phillip Done reminds us of the excitement and joy of learning." — Hal Urban, author of Life's Greatest Lessons and Positive Words, Powerful Results

"Phillip Done is the voice of the veteran teacher who knows who he is working for; his love for children shines on every page." — Esme Raji Codell, author of Educating Esme and How to Get Your Child to Love Reading

"Every so often, a book surfaces that has such unabashed charm you want to praise it from the rooftops. 32 Third Graders and One Class Bunny is such a book. Simply put, it is an unexpected pleasure and richly deserves an A+." — Tucson Citizen

"...funny and thoughtful" — San Jose Mercury News

"Teacher's school tales are hilarious, poignant...Done is on his way to becoming to teachers what Erma Bombeck was to mothers - someone who can turn the mundane into hilarity." — The Gazette, Colorado Springs

"He so simply captured the thoughtfulness and creativity of teaching" — The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

"Phil Done's experiences as a third-grade teacher qualify him a humorist, essayist and will-you-be-my-new-best-friend? kinda guy...you're in for a treat." — The Dallas Morning News

"Mr. Done is charming and funny...(He) brings back many memories that most of us have long forgotten." — The Washington Times

"...touching and hilarious." — Sunday World-Herald (Omaha)

"Delightful...a good book for anyone who ever went to third grade." — Lincoln Journal Star

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781439103364
  • Publisher: Touchstone
  • Publication date: 9/1/2009
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 335,717
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

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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32 Third Graders and One Class Bunny

Life Lessons from Teaching
By Phillip Done

Touchstone

Copyright © 2005 Phillip Done
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0743272390

I Am a Teacher

I read Charlotte's Web and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory every year, and every year when Charlie finds the golden ticket and Charlotte dies, I cry.

I take slivers out of fingers and bad sports out of steal the bacon. I know when a child has gum in his mouth even when he is not chewing. I have sung "Happy Birthday" 657 times.

I hand over scissors with the handles up. My copies of The Velveteen Rabbit and Treasure Island are falling apart. I can listen to one child talk about his birthday party and another talk about her sleepover and another talk about getting his stomach pumped last night--all at the same time.

I fix staplers that won't staple and zippers that won't zip, and I poke pins in the orange caps of glue bottles that will not pour. I hand out papers and pencils and stickers and envelopes for newly pulled teeth. I know the difference between Austria and Australia.

I plan lessons while shaving, showering, driving, eating, and sleeping. I plan lessons five minutes before the bell rings. I know what time it is when the big hand is on the twelve and the little hand is on the nine. I say the r in library. I do not say the w in sword.

I put on Band-Aids and winter coats and school plays. I know they will not understand the difference between your and you're. I know they will write to when it should be too. I say "Cover your mouth," after they have coughed on me.

I am a teacher.

I examine new braces and new blisters and holes in mouths where teeth have just fallen out. I can spell vacuum. I know the magic word.

I wear four-leaf clovers and dandelions in my shirt pocket that have just been picked with love at recess. I pray for snow days. I pray for Stephen to be absent.

I spend Thanksgiving vacation writing report cards, Christmas vacation cleaning my classroom, and summer vacation taking classes on how to relax. I know the difference between a comma and an apostrophe. I can say "apostrophe."

I buy books about cats and dogs and sharks and volcanoes and horses and dinosaurs. I turn jump ropes and am base in tag. I am glad you can only get chicken pox once.

I correct pencil grips and spelling mistakes and bad manners. I push in chairs all the way, push swings higher, and push sleeves up while children are painting. I can touch the paper cutter.

I own one suit, two pairs of shoes, and eight boxes of graham crackers. I have every teacher mug that Hallmark ever made and every Save the Children tie too. I say, "Use two hands!" when they carry their lunch trays. I say, "Accidents happen," after they did not use two hands.

I wear green on Saint Patrick's Day, red on Valentine's Day, and my bathrobe on Pajama Day. I poke straws into juice boxes and untwist thermos lids that are too tight. I unpeel oranges that are too tight too.

I sign library passes and yearbooks and new casts. I attend soccer games and Little League championships and funerals for guinea pigs. I answer to both "Mom" and "Dad."

I am a teacher.

I hope April Fool's Day is on a Saturday. I blow up balloons that will not blow up. I always blow the whistle too early at recess.

I can borrow and carry very fast. I give them more time to answer six times eight than two times three. I never end a sentence with a preposition. I know what a preposition is.

I draw stars and smiley faces. I say, "Take over," in four square games when I was not looking. Once I forgot eight plus seven.

I know when to say "can" and when to say "may." I have worn green marker, red paint, yellow chalk dust, glue stick, and glitter all on the same day. I hate glitter.

I always begin a sentence with a capital and end it with a period. I always walk in line. I always lose at arm wrestling.

I leave "shuger" and "vilets" misspelled on their valentines. I know all my continents and all my oceans. I tape pages back into books. I can find the end of the new roll of Scotch tape. I call on children whose hands are not raised.

I know that colonel is a really hard word to read, and so is doubt and so is gauge. I know that kids will read started, when it says stared. I have spelled out because and beautiful and friend six million times.

I am a teacher.

I look both ways before crossing the street. I save balls stuck in basketball hoops. I have given 842 spelling tests and have written "Have a Good Summer!" that many times too.

I collect milk boxes and coffee cans and egg cartons. I know all my times tables. I can type without looking. I know that two pretzels do not equal one Hershey kiss.

I can make a telescope out of a toilet paper roll and a totem pole out of oatmeal boxes. I can make snowflakes out of coffee filters and a space shuttle out of a Pringles can too.

I know my notes because "Every Good Boy Does Fine." I know my directions because I "Never Eat Slimy Worms." I know all my planets because "My Very Elegant Mother Just Sat Upon Nine Pickles." And I can only say my ABCs if I sing them.

I fix watchbands, repair eyeglasses, and search for lost milk money after freeze tag. I know when their fists will make a rock and when they will make scissors.

I know when a child does not understand. I know when a child is not telling the truth. I know when a child was up too late last night. I know when a child needs help finding a friend.

I am a teacher.

Copyright 2005 by Phillip Done



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Table of Contents


Contents

I Am a Teacher

The New Year

Class List

The First Day of School

Only Thirty-eight Weeks to Go

Names

Classrooms

Mrs. Wilson

Teacher School

You Can Always Expect

Teacher Moments

The Laminating Machine

Back to School Night

Tired

The Potluck

Picture Day

How Many Hats Do I Wear?

Class Pet

Officer Joe's Visit

Frog and Toad

Fall

The Pie-Eating Contest

Writing

Garage Sales

Sharing

Out for a Day

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Report Cards

Why?

Halloween

Teacher Speeches

Storytime

Ronny

The Happy Birthday Play

When to Stop Teaching

The Thanksgiving Feast

Out of Proportion

Airplane Trip

Winter

The Looks

Off with a Bang

Interview Questions

A Cultural Experience

Sugar Cookies

ER

The Christmas Concert

Sore Lips

Nicknames

Thank You!

How to Know When You Need a Vacation

The First Day of Winter Break

Jealous

Letter to Roald Dahl

I Had a Dream

Tortilla Snowflakes

Valentine's Art

Spring

Spring Is Here

Testing

April Fools!

The Wedding

Believe Them

Parents

French Lessons

The Sleepover

The Spring Musical

Licorice

Gifted

Open House

Grammar Lessons

School Supplies

How Old Is Your Mom?

Words You Cannot Say in Class

Countdown

Miss Greco

Tell Us a Story!

How Many Times Have I Said That?

Why Do I Teach?

Out to Dinner with Teachers

Customs

Saved

Where's the Hole Punch?

The Talk

New Definitions

Class Placements

Out of the Mouths of Babes

The Dinner Invitation

I Know

Have I Taught Them?

The Last Day of School

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2007

    What fun!

    This book is truly a fun read for all elementary teachers. How nice it is to know that there are others out there who understand the life of a teacher, its surprises, all of its stresses, and its celebrations. No two days are ever the same for a school teacher. Philip Done captures this in his easy to read novel that can be read in 5 minute sittings, however once you pick it up you won't want to put it down. You'll laugh and cry through the whole book and feel validated for everything you have done, experienced or thought as a teacher. If you're not a teacher, your eyes will be opened as to the real life of a teacher. My daughter (age 9) even loved me reading it out loud to her. Since we've all experienced 3rd grade, everyone will get a kick out of 32 Third Graders and One Class Bunny.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2009

    My thoughts EXACTLY!!!!

    This book is the best voice for teachers I've ever heard. It's as if Mr. Done was writing my thoughts. The chapter on speeches and letters he would write to parents were verbatim for me.

    This book gives the best insight on how teachers feel and think during the year from beginning to end. I've read the book 3 times in one weekend and I've found something new each time.

    The introduction is touching. It describes to a "T" what a teacher is and more. It showed that teaching is more than just passing along knowledge. It is being the nurse, doctor, shrink, comedian etc.

    Now when people ask me why I like being a teacher I tell them to read this book. It gives just and brief glimpse at what my job means to me and why I do it.

    Thank you Mr. Done for finally putting into words what I have been feeling for the past 8 years.

    Oh, by the way, 6 of those 8 years was as a 3rd grade teacher.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2013

    What Fun!

    Love this wonderful, loving tribute to the 3rd grader. He pegs it! I am an aide in a third grade class and this book is as charming as all 29 students I see and love each day!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2012

    A must for every elementary teacher

    Excellent! I couldn't put this book down. It had me laughing so much. Truly enjoyable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2012

    A Must-Read for all elementary school teachers . . .

    and anyone who still remembers their elementary school days!

    I loved it and plan to re-read it very soon.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2012

    Love it

    My teacher read this to me in fifth grade

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  • Posted October 7, 2011

    Laughed until I cried!!

    I'm not a teacher and I loved this book! I read it in a day and laughed so hard not only did I cry but I think I peed a little! I really want to meet the Koala bear! You must read!!!! Get ready to laugh!

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  • Posted July 17, 2011

    A must read for teachers, parents and politicians....

    Mr. Done writes what every teacher has ( or will) encounter during their career. He explains humorously the time, sacrifices, daily encounters and amount of money teachers give.....not to complain, but to teach the reader. Teachers will connect with it, parents can appreciate what characteristics make a great teacher and politicians will get insight that educating our future is NOT an 8-3/August-May job.

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  • Posted April 19, 2011

    Great for any teacher

    This book highlights the humorous aspects if teaching and teaches readers to see the comical side of any situation. Done's use of his humerous experiences are both witty and touching. Even though this book is lighthearted, it provides great life lessons and insight about what it is like to be a teacher. This book is easily relatable and renews one's faith and motivation in the teaching profession.

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  • Posted December 27, 2010

    Great book.

    Fast fun read. Awaiting Done's next book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2010

    Touching real life account of teaching from a teacher's viewpoint.

    I gave this as a gift to two teacher friends. Both have told me how they laughed out loud, chuckled and cried as they read it. They thoroughly enjoyed it and have both recommended it to other friends. It is very insightful, but entertaining. It will make you appreciate the teaching profession!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2010

    Great read!

    I teach third grade and this book was the comic relief that I needed. I laughed over and over again as I could relate to Phillip Done and his experiences. This is a book that I will read time and time again!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2008

    I am just sooo lucky that this was my teacher!!

    Well in my opinion a teacher is for students and the best way to teach us is to cooperate with us and understand us. Well in my opinion Mr.Done is one of the best teahers on the planet. He not only is your friend but also your older brother that in a very interesting way teaches you new things. I know cause he was my teaher. What's more till today I remember most of the famous artists and their paitings by the way he taught us, so in these funny clothes that were just like the ones that these artists used to wear. This book is just the experience he got with us kids. The book is funny but what's more you can find in it a way of saying thank you to the kids that he could teach. What's more I have to tell you that one story I know very well cause the writting chapter is about me!! THE BOOK IS GREAT and makes you feel happy and lets you to discover how hard it is to be a teahcer but also how much joy it brings.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2008

    The Black Snake Named Licorice

    I was a kindergarten teacher for 21 years and this teacher Philip Done knows all about kids! If you've been teacher for at least 10 years read this book. He struggles with the kids, the parents and the administration. He writes with openness, honesty, and humor. He tells about the boy who he thought 'cried Wolf' and who threw up on him and his desk after saying he felt sick many times. The chapters are easy to read and are set up in unusual ways. Even if you've taught for five years read this book! It's great!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2007

    veteran educator

    This book is a must read for anyone thinking of going into the education field. Having taught for 15 years, I laughed out loud while I read this book. It is the kind of story to pick up and read on days when we need to remember WHY we went into teaching! A realistic, heartwarming book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2007

    From a Student

    My mom and grandmother are teachers and I thought the stuff that they put up with they made up until I was going through some of my mom's books and found this. It is a really great book. I couldn't stop laughing at what the kids did.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2006

    Super-Duper, fun to read book

    I absolutely loved the book. I've been teaching over 20 years, and can relate to almost EVERY situation he speaks about in this book. It sure is a book every teacher should read, I couldn't stop laughing as I know too well that I have been there..done that!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2006

    Fantabulous Book!

    I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED this book! I received it as a gift and couldn't put it down! I went straight out and bought 12 copies for my colleagues to enjoy. I even tried to read some of the chapters to my class, but I had to be selective since some are not appropriate for young children. It's a book that I think people would enjoy if they teach children, have children or were once a child themselves.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2006

    Student teaching in 9 days!!

    I absolutely loved the book, so much I read it cover to cover within 24 hours. I recommend this book to any pre-service teacher!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2005

    A must read before student teaching...

    I think this should be a required text during the credential program in every state. Brilliant writing. I couldn't put the book down and along with the entertaining stories I think I actually learned a few classroom management strategies!!

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