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By: Flynn Wilkinson

Keeping My Promise

Pages: 92 Ratings: 5.0
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It is one task to stand in front of a classroom and mechanically convey material required by a curriculum, but it is another job entirely to actually engage and connect with pupils of today's youth. In 'Keeping My Promise', 20-year teacher Flynn Wilkinson sets to paper his advice and urges educational staff to not simply teach, preach and demonstrate; he demands a further investment in the classroom, urging teachers to connect with and simply care about their students as humans, not as numbers. With basic rules and directives, Wilkinson explains via a collection of his personal experiences from his career how it is not the class-or even one particular troublesome student-that can make or break a day in school. It is up to the teacher, as the common denominator, to be the one person students must respect and like as another fellow person before true learning can occur. ' told us a story when I had you in year eight, and it's one of my favorites. Every time I think about me becoming a teacher, it comes to mind. It's the story about a teacher that you had-I think year nine maths, if I am correct. I remember you telling us that he was the teacher that helped you decide for sure that you wanted to teach. I want you to know that you are that teacher to me. You are a role model to me and I aspire to one day be a teacher that leaves a mark on kids the way you have on me.' (Georgia Tidey-Year 8 student, 2012).

Resilient. Passionate. Reflective. How an amazing passion for his career helped a man recover from numerous challenges thrown at him and ultimately provided him with an opportunity to realize the lessons taught to him by his father during his much-younger days. An inspiring story that will similarly ask you to reflect on your own journey and what impact you are having on those around you.

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  • Fellow Teacher

    Despite the fact that most people go to school, there are not many who understand the process of teaching. Not only is this novel clearly written by a person who is passionate and informed about the impression, it gives insight into a man who has overcome odds and uses those lessons to connect with and improve the lives of others.

    "Keeping my Promise" is an engaging story that gives human side to a sometimes 'faceless' profession. Not just for teachers, but for anyone who has ever been in a classroom.

  • Victorian teacher

    A challenging read as it forced me to reflect on the impact I'm having. So glad I read this and so glad teachers like Flynn are out there. His students are fortunate to spend some time with him as I'm sure what he does will stay with them for a long time.

  • Aaron Green

    An easy and engaging read. This book will encourage you to reflect on your professional practice and help you challenge the strategies and pedagogies you implement on a daily basis. Highly recommended to all teachers regardless of experience.

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