My Second Period

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Educational Satire written from the perspective of a Biology teacher. If you are a teacher, student, parent or someone who took Biology in high school, you will enjoy this book. Faculty meetings, academic team meetings, parent phone calls along with scientific method, ecology, genetics and evolution are brought to life in Mr. Smith’s second period biology class. More

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About Loren Smith

Loren Smith taught Biology for eighteen years. He has worked as a mud engineer in Venezuela, Guatemala, Alaska, Africa and Texas. Loren and his wife Jane reside in Houston.

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Review by: lee ancona on July 20, 2013 :
"My Second Period" was an easy and fun read. It was a great description of our public schools and the significant shift from suburban to urban that has occurred in many of our country's metropolitan areas. The characters were all very believable and identifiable in our classrooms. The book appeals to a wide range of people and gives the perspective of a dedicated and gifted teacher. Great humor and irony make this an easy recommendation.

Lee C. Ancona, former high school teacher and coach
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
Review by: Dorothy McCarthy on June 29, 2013 :
"My Second Period" is written from the perspective of someone that has experienced the quagmire of public education. Many of the stated situations are obviously based upon real events. The pressure to "teach for the test" is very real and unfortunate for both the teachers and the students.

Limited language skills and the lack of parental involvement underscore the need for drastic changes in our current system of public education. Corporate involvement is need to help train students with the skill sets needed. Technical/Trade based skills are necessary to meet the needs of our constantly changing economy.

A cleverly written in satirical style, often with tongue in cheek examples of life in today's classrooms. A fun read with uniquely stated situations that have serious implications.

"Young Scientists" obviously learned a great deal from Mr. Smith and Ms. Saint Jane's classes.

The ending is a classic reminder that great teachers rely heavily on a sense of humor to capture the attention of their students.

I highly recommend this book.

Duane T. McCarthy
Science Educator, Ret.
(reviewed 17 days after purchase)
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