Review of "The Untold Chronicles of a School Teacher" by Elma Robinson

"The Untold Chronicles of a School Teacher" by Elma Robinson
"The Untold Chronicles of a School Teacher" by Elma Robinson | Source
Photo of Elma Robinson
Photo of Elma Robinson | Source

When we think of teachers, so many things come to mind. The well-know quote, "If you can read this, thank a teacher;" as well as countless other sentiments about how dedicated teachers shape, inculcate and inspire generations.

Like most people, I have had some great and some not-so-great educators throughout my twenty-two years of formal education. But I do not recall having a teacher like Mrs. Elma Robinson during my elementary school years.

Reading this book was a moving experience for me. I was deeply touched and very impressed with Mrs. Robinson's clarity, compassion and commitment to her students. Like most, I view teaching as an honorable profession and see it as a "calling."

As Joyce A. Myers puts it, "Teachers can change lives with just the right mix of chalk and challenges."

Robinson's indefatigable dedication is evident throughout, and that, along with the many very personal stories she relates in her book, make it a truly inspiring read.

Her initiative to meet with parents in their homes, taking a deeply compassionate interest in the whole of her students' lives, coming up with extra, after-school activities, setting high standards and firm goals, as well as overcoming tremendous professional and personal challenges with clarity and strong faith are no doubt a big reason for the tremendous legacy Mrs. Robinson forged throughout her 25 year teaching career.

Personally, I can't imagine anyone attempting to teach if they are not passionate and dedicated. I know I could never do it, nor would I want to attempt it. We all have different gifts and mine are not well-suited for an elementary school classroom.

One of the realities educators face, which makes sense but was something to which I'd not given much thought, is the power and influence of the particular administration which oversees the teacher's performance.

In the book Mrs. Robinson provides insight into the policies, procedures, requirements and the politics of our educational system. The frequent changes in administration, along with their various leadership styles, and being switched between grade levels with very little notice, was startling.

Some of the incidents Mrs. Robinson included in her book left me feeling incredulous about the petty abuses of power to which she was subjected. Thankfully these were balanced with the heartfelt appreciation of parents, as well as the measurable and often dramatic successes of her students.

This small book contains big messages and I would urge anyone and everyone who is engaged in our educational system in any way to read it.

If only we could have more teachers with Mrs. Robinson's "Classroom Rules" and "Consequences" our children and our society would be much better for it.

It is my hope that every one who is involved with educating our children will read this book.

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Bebe54 3 years ago

Linda, thank you for your wonderful Hub! I really appreciate your kind words and your support. You are most definitely right, everyone has a different gift or calling. I was blessed with teaching! I was able to reach most of my students and their parents in supporting me with my classroom work and rules. Like the saying goes, "it takes a village to raise a child." It was a team effort! The parents were willing to go the extra mile for their children. The students were motivated and willing to try. That was the secret to having a successful year after year in my classroom. If you respect the parents and show them that you want the same thing for their child, they will work with you. As to administration, yes, I did have my share of some of the principals abusing their power. I want to be the voice for those teachers out their still struggling with the same issue of abuse power. I want to encourage them to take a stand and not be intimidated as long as they're following the rules and teaching. If all the administrators would realize that we all have one thing in common, and that is to prepare, equip, and empower all our students to become life long learners and to stimulate their autonomous decision-making.


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Deborah Brooks 3 years ago from Brownsville,TX

Linda. Elma is one of my best friend she is one of most caring teachers. And honest and loyal teachers i ever met... thank you for writing this wonderful review on elmas book ..many blessings...

Debbie


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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

I could make some comment about why should I read it since I have lived it, but I'll probably give it a read anyway. People who have never been in education have no idea what it is like....the pettiness...the arguing...the constant shifting in priorities.....it is maddening and it is one reason why I no longer teach.

Nice review my friend.


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Linda Compton 3 years ago from The Land of Enchantment Author

Sir William, thank you for your feedback. The book was deeply moving and also a REAL eye-opener for me. It saddens me, and makes me angry, whenever I see abuses of power and pettiness. Especially when we so desperately need educators who are clear, compassionate, firm and believe in our kids. Keep up the great work educating and inspiring us as you do now through your writing ministry, my friend!


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Linda Compton 3 years ago from The Land of Enchantment Author

It was my pleasure to read your book, and to write this review!


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Linda Compton 3 years ago from The Land of Enchantment Author

Debbie, it was through our connection that I met Elma, so I thank you from the depths of my heart for such a blessing!


Bebe54 3 years ago

Debbie, thanks for all your support and kind words. You are a very good friend! ❤


Bebe54 3 years ago

billybuc, if you are or were in education then for sure you have lived it. Administrators who abuse their power only shows how intimidated they are by us the teachers. They need to realize that we all have the same purpose in mind, and that is to mold, shape, and educate the children for the future!


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travmaj 3 years ago from australia

Great review and so thought provoking - my children are grown now but I remember the teachers who gave their all and respect them. It is a difficult occupation with administration issues to adhere to also - unfortunately, in many cases of failing, the teacher is to blame. Well done - thank you for bringing this to our attention


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Linda Compton 3 years ago from The Land of Enchantment Author

Dear Travmaj,

Thank you for taking time to read and offer such thoughtful comments. I remember having a few teachers who probably ought to have pursued another avenue :) The great ones definitely deserve our respect! L.


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aviannovice 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

I had several very gifted teachers that I have always been grateful for. I remember them all and hold them in high regard. Unfortunately, some have passed, but I know they taught every child well.


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Linda Compton 3 years ago from The Land of Enchantment Author

Thank you, Deb. It is a beautiful thing to have precious memories & to experience the kind of deep gratitude which accompanies such awareness. L.


Rainy Tridwr 3 years ago

Keep up the good work, as you must always follow your dream


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Linda Compton 3 years ago from The Land of Enchantment Author

Thanks, Rainy Tridwr 4. L.

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