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Teacher

One Woman's Struggle to Keep the Heart in Teaching

Gabbie Stroud

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Allen & Unwin
27 June 2018
Biography; Memoirs; Organisation & management of education
A powerful and moving memoir about how the current system is letting down children and parents, and also breaking dedicated teachers. Devastating, heart-breaking, enraging.

Watching children learn is a beautiful and extraordinary experience. Their bodies transform, reflecting inner changes. Teeth fall out. Knees scab. Freckles multiply. Throughout the year, they grow in endless ways and I can almost see their self-esteem rising, their confidence soaring, their small bodies now empowered. Given wings.

They fall in love with learning.

It is a kind of magic, a kind of loving, a kind of art.

It is teaching.

Just teaching.

Just what I do.

What I did.

Past tense.

In 2014, Gabrielle Stroud was a very dedicated teacher with over a decade of experience. Months later, she resigned in frustration and despair when she realised that the NAPLAN-test education model was stopping her from doing the very thing she was best at: teaching individual children according to their needs and talents. Her groundbreaking essay 'Teaching Australia' in the Feb 2016 Griffith Review outlined her experiences and provoked a huge response from former and current teachers around the world. That essay lifted the lid on a scandal that is yet to properly break - that our education system is unfair to our children and destroying their teachers.

In a powerful memoir inspired by her original essay, Gabrielle tells the full story: how she came to teaching, what makes a great teacher, what our kids need from their teachers, and what it was that finally broke her. A brilliant and heartbreaking memoir that cuts to the heart of a vital matter of national importance. 
By:   Gabbie Stroud
Imprint:   Allen & Unwin
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm, 
Weight:   430g
ISBN:   9781760295905
ISBN 10:   1760295906
Pages:   352
Publication Date:   27 June 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Gabrielle Stroud was a primary school teacher from 1999 to 2015. Now a freelance writer, her debut novel, Measuring Up, was published by Scribe in 2009. She is currently at work on her next novel.

  • Long-listed for Best Non-Fiction 2019 (Australia)
  • Long-listed for Indie Book Awards 2019 (Australia)
  • Long-listed for Matt Richell Prize for New Writer of the Year 2019 (Australia)
  • Short-listed for Matt Richell Prize for New Writer of the Year 2019 (Australia)

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