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A Personal Journey to the Heart of Teaching by [Fioravanti, John]
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This is a story about decency, family politics, family, fear, and triumph.

Teaching is the canvas but the portrait is so much richer and more colourful. This book will capture and absorb you. Fear of failure is a powerful motivator and as John Fioravanti battles and defeats his demons you will find yourself cheering for him as if he were contesting a sporting event.

Teaching is not a discipline confined to schools, and the lessons in this book about planning, listening, empathizing and sympathizing have applicability to all professions and walks of life − from a police lieutenant training officers to a sales manager teaching sales representatives and everything else in between.

John Fioravanti shaped, elevated, and improved the lives thousands of young people. After you’ve read this short story, you’ll be fulfilled and uplifted.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2848 KB
  • Print Length: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Fiora Books (May 10 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00K9UXW2E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
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A PERSONAL JOURNEY TO THE HEART OF TEACHING John Fioravanti ISBN: 978-0-9936558-0-7 (sc)

As an author who works in a time demanding and often stressful job, the HEART OF TEACHING is an oasis to which one can retreat. Very readable, the prose flows like pebbles down a hillside creek and the reader can soon find him/herself well into the book before one realizes how far he\she has gone. The author, John Fioravanti was a teacher in medium-city Canada and the reader can’t help but appreciate that he was a very competent and likeable one. This reviewer has both a Bachelor and Masters of Education, and while I have never taught beyond practice teaching, I appreciate, from both that apprenticeship and my fathering two children through the Toronto school system, how challenging the teaching profession is. Fioravanti seems to have figured out not only how to be dramatically effective in shaping students’ lives but also how to love his job. Honesty and respect for his students, he learned early, along with an inchoate wish to help others, such help being, according to Dostoevsky, part of a route to heaven-on earth.

The author feels well about his achievements but projects his successes with humility, a difficult task for many a professional to master or even fathom. He is not afraid of sharing his self-doubts to colleagues, parents and students but does so in a way that finds him engaging. John Fioravanti also makes such a difference in people’s lives that they come back that day or years later to express a heartfelt “Thank you”. Fioravanti seems a concrete manifestation of a public declaration that I once heard from Ontario, Canada Premier Bob Rae -- “Teaching is the noblest profession of all.
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I was hesitant to read and review John Fioravanti’s “A Personal Journey to the Heart of Teaching” for a variety of reasons. I am not a teacher, so reading a textbook on pedagogical methods held little interest for me; and I avoid self-congratulatory memoirs like the plague. Fortunately, his book turned out to be neither. Instead, it is a sincere, humble and, at times, touching account of his life-long journey of trying to understand himself, his profession, and the evolving dynamic between the two.
Although the origins of the thread that links the key turning points in John’s life are only teasingly mentioned but never explicitly stated, they are less important for the reader to know than the effect that his personal demon—his fear of failure—had in his pursuit of becoming the best teacher he could be.

The writing is fluid and concise, as well it should be; for this is precisely the tangible legacy John handed down to his students throughout his many years teaching. But his discovery of the heart of teaching lies beyond explaining proper diction. The age-old wisdom of the teacher becoming the student, and the student the teacher, may be cliché, but it is nonetheless true; moreover, it is the kind of truth that can be arrived at only throughout a life-time of experiences of successes and failures of varying degrees.
Teaching is a very hard thing to do. I would highly recommend this book to any teacher who is as passionate and committed as John was to this often challenging yet noble profession. To a more general audience, I must also recommend it, for those of us fortunate enough to have had at least one teacher like John may gain insight into the humanity—the fears, the regrets, the joys, and the triumphs—of such influential mentors.
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John Fioravant's A Personal Journey to the Heart of Teaching is anything but a typical memoire. It is engaging and funny, poignant and thought-provoking. I loved it from beginning to end.

John is the type of writer who can easily draw you into his world and have you seeing and feeling from his perspective. He had me laughing and crying, and sometimes both at once.

This really is a must-read! Not only for teachers, but for anyone who has that favourite teacher they remember, the one that said or did something that touched them deeply and will never be forgotten.
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