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Teacher

Narrated by: Jo Van Es
Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
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Watching children learn is a beautiful and extraordinary experience....

It is a kind of magic, a kind of loving, a kind of art. It is teaching. Just teaching. Just what I do. What I did. Past tense.

In 2014, Gabrielle Stroud was a very dedicated teacher with over a decade of experience. Months later, she resigned in frustration and despair when she realised that the Naplan-test education model was stopping her from doing the very thing she was best at: teaching individual children according to their needs and talents. 

Her groundbreaking essay 'Teaching Australia' in the February 2016 Griffith Review outlined her experiences and provoked a huge response from former and current teachers around the world. That essay lifted the lid on a scandal that is yet to properly break - that our education system is unfair to our children and destroying their teachers. 

In a powerful memoir inspired by her original groundbreaking essay, Gabrielle tells the full story: how she came to teaching, what makes a great teacher, what our kids need from their teachers, and what it was that finally broke her. A brilliant and heartbreaking memoir that cuts to the heart of a vital matter of national importance.

©2018 Gabbie Stroud (P)2018 W. F. Howes Ltd

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Teacher

narrator was outstanding. loved the teaching stories, but glad she left teaching if she felt so strongly about it.

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loved it

learned so much listening to this audiobook. it touches on important aspects of teaching and raises awareness on others.

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Proceed into classroom with caution!


A very engaging book, it gave me an appreciation and unique insight into what primary teachers do all day,and the stresses and pressures they experience.
This book was all about Gabbie Stroud's experience, from her days as an idealistic enthusiastic young teacher in the East End,through various Australian primary schools to an experienced and accomplished, but burnt out teacher.She is overwhelmed by ridiculous levels of reporting ,unnecessary testing and micromanagement.The joy of teaching becomes lost in the avalanche of paperwork and bureaucracy,
Although it's clear that she spoke up in meetings and was unsupported,her experience is obviously not unique .
I couldn't help wondering where the union was and whether she was in it.
My advice to disillusioned teachers and perhaps parents who might read this book- before they burn out is, that they should take to heart a quote from Joe Hill and - "Go on to organise !"

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  • Kim
  • 02-02-2019

Interesting and real

Aa a teacher I could really relate to this story. I think it paints very accurate picture of teaching.

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Terrifyingly easy to relate to

Confrontingly accurately depiction of what it means to live as a teacher. Amidst all the joy and delight of teaching little minds is the ever insidious creep of a life and passion sucking bureaucracy that seems destined, if not determined, to break our education system one data point at a time.

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  • Christen Mulvihill
  • 12-02-2019

Amazing!!!

Even though the educational themes in this book are set in Australia, it transcends and is very relatable across all national education systems. I have been in her classroom before, I have experienced the trials and tribulations she describes both personally and professionally. Together you reminisce about what brought you to education, the hopes and dreams you had as a college student, new teacher, and the love you feel for each of your students. Teacher closes with connections to frustrations felt and concerns with the "wrongs" in our current education system and leaves you with a lot to think about. I was inspired by Gabbie Stroud from a Q & A in October of 2018. I posted a clip to a Facebook group I follow and found she recently wrote a book, which I felt I must read. Listening to this text makes it so much more meaningful. I don't feel like I would have had the same experience reading it to myself. I highly recommend this book to teachers; new and veteran, parents, and administration. Truly anyone who makes a difference in a child's life. #itisnotjustme

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  • B.L.
  • 20-12-2018

Exactly right about the highs and lows of teaching

A must read for everyone. We are all part of a broken system that must change. Education is not a big business with a test as the biggest product. As a teacher myself, I can relate to every sentence in this book. Now, what are we doing about the destruction of great teachers?

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  • Jo A
  • 20-01-2019

Utterly relatable.

Hilariously accurate memoirs of what teaching is really like. The writers of Waterloo road would be dumbfounded if they knew half of what real teachers actually deal with on a daily basis.

The job is life consuming and this book truly depicts that in all of its horrible, bare-faced ugliness!

I loved the complete honesty and bravery that Gabbie Stroud showed in retelling some of the ugly aspects of the job.