I was excited to see another collection by Peter Done in the bookstore called Close Encounters of the Third Grade Kind. As a third grade teacher, there are so many stories that I relate to... some make me laugh and some make me cry. It's so nice to read something written by a teacher who does his best to celebrate children. He knows his students so well and it's obvious that they know him. This new book is just has humor-filled as his previous book.
And, it's good to hear from someone who isn't focused on what children can't do... but rather focuses on what makes them uniquely individual. There's a voice of sincerity in both of these books.
I say we use Peter Done as a mentor... one day a week all of us should put down our clipboards, our "intervention checklists," our progress monitoring, and write a piece or two that captures the joy and passion of being a teacher and the pleasure of spending every day with children... get back to the roots of why we became teachers in the first place!