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Teaching: It's Harder Than It Looks [Hardcover]

Gerry Dee
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Book Description

Oct. 23 2012

Gerry Dee is a rising comic star whose humour has been compared to Bill Cosby's. He spent ten years working as a teacher and survived (barely) to tell his tales. Told from the honest point-of-view of a not-so-good, often-very-bad public school teacher--the kind who teaches hungover (and lies about it), loses his students' exams (and lies about it), and stages an impromptu baseball game in the middle of history class just to kill some time, Teaching: It's Harder Than It Looks is Mr. D at his best.

This book collects Gerry's funniest anecdotes about teaching, about students and about their parents. As Gerry's ode to school life, it's sure to bring back a memory or two, whether you were the teacher's pet or the class clown. Throughout, he offers tongue-in-cheek "Teacher Tips and Tricks," uncomfortable notes to parents, awkward report cards and all manner of memorabilia of school days.

He's extremely funny, on the page as well as in person, and he's the kind of personality who will reach out beyond his own core comedy audience to a broad demographic of educators, parents and students who relate to his humour and experiences.

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“This book has a clear ring of authenticity. . . . Aspiring teachers would be well advised to read the book before going to a faculty of education. It contains the kinds of revelations you will never find at teacher’s college. . . . Buried in those wacky, ribald stories and lists of “off-the wall” tips, you will find shafts of light and a few undeniable truths about the teaching life.”
The Chronicle Herald

About the Author

GERRY DEE is an award-winning Canadian comic. Every year, he plays more than 150 often-sold-out shows across Canada and internationally. His DVD No Reading Ahead is one of the top-selling stand-up videos in Canada. His latest one-hour special Life After Teaching aired on CBC in January, followed by his series Mr. D, where he plays the starring role. Gerry can also be seen on The Score, where he plays Gerry Dee, Sports Reporter, interviewing (kind of) some of the world's great sports figures. Gerry is often compared to Bill Cosby, with a little more edge. He was born in Scarborough, Ontario, and currently lives in Toronto.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very funny! Sept. 30 2013
By Matt
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Anyone who has watched Gerry Dee's stand-up or his T.V. show will also enjoy this book. Teachers will also get a kick out of it with his stories about being a substitute and many others.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read for all teachers Nov. 21 2012
By GerryD
As a former teacher that was a substitute, Gerry Dee nails the teaching profession. This book had me laughing from start to finish. Loved it. and I never rate books on Amazon!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A teachers must read June 15 2013
By Carolyn
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All retired and future teachers will enjoy the humorous but true reflection of the profession. Current teachers will be too stressed to laugh.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Given to my daughter as a gift.. Jan. 18 2014
By Anne Hill - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was Given to my daughter as a gift. She is a fairly recently graduating teacher. She found it enjoyable to read.
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny and true...sometimes June 1 2013
By prairierose1012 - Published on Amazon.com
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As a teacher I can definitely identify with some of the situations. I love the tongue in cheek humor and the situations that present themselves.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great laughs Jan. 3 2013
By P. Dang - Published on Amazon.com
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Great read if you want some laughs. Gerry is funny at communicating his thoughts in a manner that enlightens me at how teachers think
4.0 out of 5 stars Teaching: It's Harder than It Looks Nov. 17 2012
By Mike Schultz - Published on Amazon.com
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I enjoyed Gerry's stories in this book almost as much as his CBC series....a funny and realistic portrayal of life in the classroom - something he and I have in common....he's right - it is harder than it looks.....as a teacher or parent you will share his frustrations with bringing the next generation along.......
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