This book, guys. This book. I think this might just slip into my favourite list for 2019.
Some of you may remember that I read – and loved – the poetry collection that was edited by Kate Clanchy. If you did, it is probably of no surprise to you that I also loved this.
Rather than being a poetry collection, this is a memoir of sorts. A collection of lessons that Clanchy learnt while she was teaching and her own comments on the impact writing can have on students. While I may not wholeheartedly agree with everyone in Some Kids I Taught and What They Taught Me, it was certainly thought provoking and there was a lot within it that had me nodding in agreement.
This is both heartwarming and poignant, funny and insightful. It is a wonderful insight into what teaching can (and arguably should) be in a modern society. It was obvious from Clanchy’s writing that good teaching and good poetry alike can be exceptionally potent.
It is the kind of book that I want to thrust about my friends and debate for a while afterwards. In fact, one of my friends did actually receive a copy of this for Christmas and I can’t wait to see what they think of it! Whether they agree or not, this book is undoubtedly a conversation starter and a bloody important one at that.
As such, I’m sure I’m not alone in extolling the virtues of Some Kids I Taught and What They Taught Me. I would be truly surprised if this isn’t being read by people up and down the country, regardless of whether or not they are teachers. If it’s not, it really should be!
I’m sure this is a book that I’ll be returning to over the years and lending to as many friends as I can!
If you have read this, please let me know as I would love to discuss it in the comments below or over on the old social media.