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5.0 out of 5 starsPoignant, important lessons in each vignette.
Reviewed in the United States on February 23, 2017
One of the readings for my credential program. This definitely isn't one of those hero teacher stories, but that's what makes each vignette poignant. It is more inspiring for the truths it carries and from the difficulties that Greg Michie faces as a teacher learning through trial and error, and illustrates what it means to care for students. If you're looking for a book that will show you raw experiences of what teaching is like, this is it. I know I will be rereading the stories when I need a reminder of how the grind of education reaps amazing, sometimes bittersweet rewards in how students' lives are impacted by good teachers.
4.0 out of 5 starsAn Important Take on an Extremely Relevant Issue
Reviewed in the United States on October 4, 2012
Books on education typically come in two varieties--the extremely technical textbooks and the loosely based stories of someone's experiences. Michie is able to take this idea of having strong technical detail while not boring his audience to death and basing the entire reading on his own stories of teaching without feeling like you are reading a fiction novela.
One of the most interesting and what I believe to be promising parts of his book is the fact that he constantly critiques his own teaching style and to be blunt, himself as a person and a teacher. And with his critique, comes the relevance perspective of the book. Schools today no matter where you are deal with this issue of racially different students, different achievement levels for students and the overall atmospheres our students live and grow up in.
Through Michie's absolutely unique style we are presented with a new way of looking at education, looking at our own educational process, and most importantly our students. If you are looking to get into education, are already in it, or plan on doing some reading about education this is one of those must haves.
Great book that really gets to the heart of true education. When an educator meets students where they are and makes a conscious decision to step into their shoes and lives to teach the whole student, they truly make a difference. Should be mandatory reading for all Education majors.
This book gives a lot to consider with regard to teaching and learning in an urban environment. It portrays the effects of poverty on inner city schools as well as some of the racial conflicts that can happen. This book is appropriate for all aspiring teachers (regardless of whether there is any intent to teach in an urban environment) but could be part of the curriculum for a mature high school ELA class.
5.0 out of 5 starsAn Honest, Humanized Book about Urban Education
Reviewed in the United States on December 3, 2015
Holler If You Hear Me was a pretty good book. Michie did a great job at giving his experiences at Ellison and Quincy. The thing I liked the most was how he humanized not only his students but also himself. Michie knew these kids were forced to have difficult lives from the start and that they continue to have difficult lives; no one chooses to go into poverty. But he also acknowledged that most of his work was done with other people. He wasn’t some sort of white savior but an honest, inexperienced teacher who found ways to reach these students along with the help of other colleagues. In the end, Michie not only taught his students well but also his students taught him well and judging by the looks of it he’s still learning, even after twenty-five years.
This is a great book about how education is in the real world and students' accounts of it. It's very easy to relate, being in a more story-like setting with characters you come to know and follow throughout the book. This makes it a much more digestible book and its text is much more flowing because of this.
5.0 out of 5 starsAwesome for personal and education uses!
Reviewed in the United States on August 7, 2016
I ordered this to preview for the possibility of using it to teach an introduction to education course. I am only about a third of the way through, but even though it's a decade (or so) old, the stories relate so well to what I think is happening in education today! I might not have this be the only book I use, but I will definitely supplement my class discussions with some of the chapters. I plan on buying the whole social justice set!