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Alida's Song by Gary Paulsen
The Arrival
by Shaun Tan
Bird by Rita Murphy
Border Town (边城) by Shen Congwen
Catwings Return by Ursula K. LeGuin
Circus by Lois Ehlert
Flanimals by Ricky Gervais
Good Morning, Gorillas (Magic Tree House #26) by Mary Pope Osborne
Guy Wire by Sarah Weeks
Harold's ABC by Crocket Johnson
High Tide in Hawaii (Magic Tree House #28) by Mary Pope Osborne
Horns by Joe Hill
Jane on Her Own by Ursula K. Le Guin
The Kids' Guide to Digital Photography by Jenni Bidner
Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale by Mo Willems
Mary Modern by Camille Deangelis
The Octonauts and the Great Ghost Reef by Meomi
Ottoline Goes to School by Chris Riddell
Outlaw: The Legend of Robin Hood by Tony Lee
A Pattern Language by Christopher Alexander
Pirates Past Noon (Magic Tree House #4) by Mary Pope Osborne
Puss in Boots by Charles Perrault
Rainbow Boys by Alex Sanchez
Receive Me Falling by Erika Robuck
Science Fiction and Alternate History by David Scholes
Size Eight in a Size Zero World by Meredith Cagen
The Tarot Cafe Volume 2 by Sang-Sun Park
Tea for Ruby
by Sarah Ferguson
Uncle Andy's Cats by James Warhola
Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
Un Lun Dun by China Mié
Walter Wick's Optical Tricks by Walter Wick
When Teachers Talk by Rosalyn Susanne Schnall


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5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

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Comments for When Teacher's Talk

When Teacher's Talk: 08/07/10

 cover art (Link goes to Powells)Rosalyn S. Schnall interviewed and surveyed 500 teachers from Chicago public schools. The result of those interviews are transcribed in When Teachers Talk. I chose to read it because I have friends and family members who are teachers and I've heard some interesting stories from them.

The anonymous responses are divided by categories. While one can see patterns when reading through the transcripts, there's no analysis of the data. It's just raw transcripts by topic.

I wanted a lot more from the book. I wanted to see how the different issues stack up against each other. I wanted to see proposed solutions and analysis of attempted solutions that might have failed. A graph or two would have helped too.

Five hundred pages of transcripts by themselves is nothing but noise. There's no way to gauge how bad the problem in Chicago is or how relevant the problem is to other school districts. Without that work I can't recommend the book.

I received the book from the author for review.

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