Some Kids I Taught and What They Taught Me
Some Kids I Taught and What They Taught Me is a memoir of teaching from award-winning poet, Kate Clanchy. Over thirty years she has taught in Scottish and English schools. She is our tour guide through these schools and others about which she knows, as an educator, learner and parent. Furthermore, she considers educational changes over the years. In addition, Kate Clanchy considers the lives, differences and experiences of students whom she’s taught. From within her hour long poetry group, we meet the poems and the poets. We realise the stories they create from the words and language she presents. How does this work with them? What have they seen? Where will they go from here? Thereafter, what is revealed by them from their poetry?
While this book is a contemplation of English education, it is also a statement of our society. It seems hard to believe that short geographical differences should offer the huge divisions in expectation, opportunity and provision that Kate Clanchy witnesses and shares. Thereafter, it is difficult to reconcile the lives of so many of the families we meet. Yet, throughout it all is the poetry that offers control.
Bookwagon recommends Some Kids I Taught and What They Taught Me to anyone who has ever been to school, taught or parented. It is a raw, unprejudiced, empathetic and gently hopeful consideration of reading, writing and learning.
Winner of the Orwell Prize