Having been a secondary school teacher for ten years, this book immediately appealed to me. Coincidentally, the author and teacher Ryan Wilson started his training the same year I did so the whole process of the Postgraduate Certificate in Education was scarily familiar.
He looks at teaching the way all teachers do, from the beginning of training and the challenges of both the workload and the students. He covers all the major issues including school trips, marking, reports and the dreaded data, parents' evenings and the joys of teaching Of Mice and Men. Wilson personalises the stories by including his own issues and the friendships he made with fellow colleagues that at times were quite moving.
The anecdotal format and short chapters makes this a book easy to slip in and out of, without any long-term investment. Light and insightful for those who don't know teaching, no surprises for those of us who do. Pleasant, easy to read.
Published by Vintage Digital on 19 August 2021.
Advanced review copy supplied by the publisher.