On Fridays I do my bit to promote Indie authors/bloggers.  This week is the turn of Friday Book Share, and so today authors or bloggers can share a link in the comments to an Indie book they’ve read and enjoyed (not their own).  They can even add their review too, if they’ve written one.

If you see a book featured that interests you, please give it a tweet or perhaps even buy it. You’ll be doing an Indie author a huge favour!

Today I’m adding my review of Pete  Springer’s ‘They Call Me Mom‘. Pete Springer takes you on his memorable thirty-one-year journey in education as an elementary school teacher and offers the many valuable life and teaching lessons he learned along the way.


My 4 Star Review:

As a youth, Pete Springer tried several jobs but found each one unfulfilling.  By chance he agreed to help a disabled child and found his calling in life…to be a teacher.  By reading this book I could tell that Pete really cared about his students; he made time for them outside of lessons, encouraged, rewarded and praised them, and involved parents.  He encouraged self-confidence by inviting the children to share their stories and talk in front of the class. There is some humor too, as he describes incidences when teaching grammar and also sex education.

A woodwork teacher my son Leon once had would send him outside at the start of the lesson, stating ‘You’ll play up sooner or later so you might as well stand outside now’.  I’m sure that if Leon had been taught by Mr Springer instead, he might have had a more illustrious school career.  It takes a dedicated teacher like Pete to really strive to inspire and educate students in a fun and interesting way, and Pete had many tactics up his sleeve to ensure that his students enjoyed learning.

This is an enjoyable read, and also could be a reference book for new teachers as it contains helpful hints such as teaching methods and how to set up a classroom.  I think my son’s old woodwork teacher could have benefited from reading this!