Learn Me Gooder

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In this sequel to Learn Me Good, Jack Woodson (no longer a green behind the ears teacher) returns to recount another school year's worth of challenges, triumphs, and mishaps with a brand new cast of wild and crazy students.
Six years have passed, and this time around, Jack gets a talking monkey sidekick, a beautiful love interest, and a top-secret undercover CIA assignment to Uranus. (Well, ONE of those things is true, anyway). There are witty...
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Overview

In this sequel to Learn Me Good, Jack Woodson (no longer a green behind the ears teacher) returns to recount another school year's worth of challenges, triumphs, and mishaps with a brand new cast of wild and crazy students.
Six years have passed, and this time around, Jack gets a talking monkey sidekick, a beautiful love interest, and a top-secret undercover CIA assignment to Uranus. (Well, ONE of those things is true, anyway). There are witty quotes, riotous stories, and more twists and turns than M. Night Shyamalan's small intestine.
Through email correspondence with Fred Bommerson, Jack talks about PTA fundraisers gone awry, unnatural food chains, and how any action can be made acceptable as long as "it's for science." With subject lines such as "Diarrhea of a Wimpy Kid," "Green Eggs and Math," and "Houston, we have a word problem," it's perfect for reading in small chunks or one long session.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781463794002
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/17/2011
  • Pages: 222
  • Sales rank: 674,676
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Meet the Author

John Pearson was born just outside of Washington, DC, but moved to Texas as quickly as he could. Growing up with a passion for science, math, and calculator watches, he obtained engineering degrees and basketball (watching) accolades from Duke University and Texas A&M. His first job out of college was designing small solid-state heat pumps, where his cubicle simply was not big enough to contain him. When the engineering market went sour, he decided to try his hand as a teacher, and he has been a 3rd grade math teacher ever since.
When he's not teaching, he's reading, blogging, or making YouTube videos like "Darth Vader Explains the Pythagorean Theorem."
Learn Me Good was born of the baptism-by-fire nature of Pearson's first year as a teacher, and Learn Me Gooder was the natural sequel.
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  • Posted August 24, 2011

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    Learn Me Gooder

    For those who read "Learn Me Good," you know exactly what to expect from "Learn Me Gooder." If you liked the first book, you'll like this sequel. If not, the sequel isn't for you, either. Everyone else, read on.

    I've been wondering lately if I'm losing my sense of humor, at least where books are concerned. I find plenty to laugh at in books from non-humor genres. Snappy, smart-ass dialogue and funny situations that are part of a bigger story still unleash the chuckles. But most of the books I've read where being funny was their main aim have fallen short. They've had funny parts. They've also had irritating, stupid, and even infuriating parts. "Learn Me Gooder" has convinced me it is still possible to make me laugh the whole way through and alleviated my concerns about that missing sense of humor.

    The book is structured as a series of chronological emails from John Woodson, a fictional elementary teacher, to his former coworker, Fred Bommerson, who still works for Woodson's former employer. Each email has a subject line that is usually humorous, often a play on words that relates to the subject. One example is "That doesn't make any cents," as the subject for an email where Woodson tells Boomerson about trying to teach his class the relative values of US coins. Each email is "signed" with a name that follows the same pattern, "Seven Dollar Billy" for the last email and "Add' em Ant," for an email about teaching addition.

    These added touches add to the funniness and give a hint of Pearson's sense of humor and wit, but the body of the emails is where the real fun lies. The situations described are, if not totally true, at least totally believable. Although drawn from Pearson's actual teaching experiences, "Learn Me Gooder" is fictionalized and, at times, the author takes literary license for a better story. Pearson combines school happenings with his inner dialogue, then stirs in comparisons to his former coworkers and comes up with comedy gold. Although each email is a discrete unit, like a small chapter, the book doesn't read like a series of emails. Pearson's students and even his former coworkers become like characters in a novel as we follow the students' progress through the year. Likewise, in references to Bommerson and his other ex-coworkers, Pearson integrates them into the story too. (Sometimes the adult world isn't that much different than elementary school.) If you have children, work with children, or have ever been a child, I think you'll find "Learn Me Gooder" just the thing to tickle your funny bone.

    **Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy. **

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 7, 2011

    A Funny Book About A Great Teacher!

    As a former teacher's aid who is now studying to be a special education teacher, I appreciated this book for being an honest glimpse into what a teacher's life is like. Mr. Woodson deals with third graders who have never learned to read, write or count, and sometimes also with uninterested parents. But instead of being a serious, depressing book on the topic of education, its a light-hearted, enjoyable read. Anyone who has ever worked in a classroom (whether it is filled with children from low-income or wealthy homes, children with special needs or typical learners, or any other scenarios you can think of) knows that there are many hilarious, ridiculous moments throughout each day. These are the moments John Pearson writes about. You'll find yourself wishing you were right there with Mr. Woodson and his kids, making alarmingly graphic safety posters, figuring out word problems, and coming to terms with the food chain. I definitely recommend this book, along with its predecessor, Learn Me Good.

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  • Posted October 1, 2011

    Excellent book for educators!

    I loved this book!! It was an awesome book to read! It was stories written as emails to someone about happenings in a classroom. Of course some of it was fictionalized in order to protect the names of the "innocent" and also to make it more entertaining. Not only was it an easy read, but I could not put it down! I had it loaded into my kindle and as I read it, I had to keep reading funny parts to my husband! He had heard so many funny stories of my own that he could relate to the stories mentioned in this book.

    As a teacher, I could actually relate to many of the incidents that this poor teacher talks about! The humor in the classroom was great because as teachers, sometimes we need to laugh and even enjoy our situations. Even though some of the stories were somewhat fictionalized, I could actually see the thread of truth in them from my own experiences. It also brought back many poignant memories from my own teaching experience.

    I believe that all teachers, teaching any subject on any level, would love reading this book! I highly recommend it to everyone in the education field.

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