Some Kids I Taught and What They Taught Me by Kate Clanchy, is ‘the best book on teachers and children and writing that I’ve ever read’ claims Philip Pullman, who wanted it to be a bestseller, which indeed it has become.
The power of language, and poetry in particular, is illuminated over and over in examples drawn from Kate Clanchy’s thirty year teaching career.
A sense of identity and belonging can be both expressed and found, if you’re given a way to put words together.
Although schools are the focus, the book holds universal messages about the value of writing, and compassion, that we can all apply.
At the start of every academic year, the author is seduced afresh by the potential of blank smooth pages of exercise books, and wants to carry us along with her enthusiasm. She compares the process of writing to building a bridge in thick fog, stick by stick, when the other bank of the river is invisible. A student describes how reading with her opened up the world for him.
Kate Clanchy is a tremendous advocate for unheard voices.
You can read an extract here.
Some Kids I Taught and What They Taught Me, by Kate Clanchy, is published by Picador.