- Title: "My Posse Don't Do Homework"
- Author: LouAnne Johnson
- ISBN: 9780312951634
- Page: 442
- Format: Paperback
They were called the class from Hell 34 inner city sophos whose last teacher had been pushed over the edge Now they have a new teacher a pretty, 98 pound ex Marine who would bully, bluff, and bribe her students into caring about school The major motion picture starring Michelle Pfeiffer and Andy Garcia will be released in December Excerpted in Reader s Digest.They were called the class from Hell 34 inner city sophos whose last teacher had been pushed over the edge Now they have a new teacher a pretty, 98 pound ex Marine who would bully, bluff, and bribe her students into caring about school The major motion picture starring Michelle Pfeiffer and Andy Garcia will be released in December Excerpted in Reader s Digest Martin s.
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I decided to read this book after hearing an interview with Johnson on NPR’s This American Life. Johnson said her teaching experience wasn’t much like Michelle Pfeiffer’s teaching experience in Dangerous Minds, the movie inspired by Johnson’s book. She also said she returned, uncashed, the royalty check from the Dangerous Minds television show, a weekly drama inspired by the movie. Johnson didn’t want anything to do with it. And no wonder: The book is unlike the movie and the televisio [...]
I definitely enjoyed this book, but as I read I kept thinking "teachers can't do that now." Giving kids a ride home - definitely a no-no these days. Also interesting was the fact that she started off just teaching one class, later two, at most four. No mention of boyfriend or husband or friends outside of school - she was committed to those kids - reminds me of the old days when women were not allowed to teach after they got married. Still I enjoyed reading it.
*This'll be for both this book and the next one (The Girls In The Back of the Classroom)I decided to check out the books My Posse Don’t Do Homework and The Girls in the Back of the Classroom by Louanne Johnson after having seen the movie Dangerous Minds. Those are the books it’s loosely based off of.These books are very raw. They’re nonfiction (where as the movie is fiction), written by Louanne Johnson herself, a school teacher in California. She's pretty admirable, because I know I could [...]
This is one of those books that's just enjoyable to read. Every chapter is a different story, so you don't have to stress about an overall plot. The characters reoccur sometimes, but it doesn't matter if you've forgotten them. The writing is super readable, but there are still some quotable lines. The book just makes you happy. Some really upsetting things happen, but Johnson is always sure to follow them up with a heart-warming story of something turning out perfectly. It makes you feel like th [...]
I enjoyed this book. It now sounds outdated, old fashioned in places - taking students for coffee, giving them lifts home in your car, saving them from arrest and not informing their parents. I liked Johnson's narrative arc and the way she does move away from the idea that teachers can solve all of the problems that their students face. That said, I thought the description of ex-colleagues was unprofessional in places and some of her methods unsustainable. I admire Johnson for her work and I wou [...]
This book is kind of a train wreck of sorts - but here's my review that I wrote for my M.A.T. program. Miss Johnson is a newly hired teacher set with the task of working in a difficult inner city school. I remember going to the movie theatre in middle school and watching “Dangerous Minds” starring Michelle Pfeiffer. The book goes much more in depth into the curriculum, class room management style, and lives of children in Miss Johnson’s classes. I have to say that I was disturbed by some [...]
Personal Response: I liked this book a lot. In some ways it was a comedy and in other ways it was serious. I also liked how it was a nonfictional book I don’t read a lot of those, but I liked this one.Summary: The book “Dangerous Minds” was written by Louanne Johnson. She wrote it about her teaching experiences. Miss Johnson was a teacher for troubled students. She taught a lot of different kinds of kids. She taught kids who didn’t care about anything that had to do with school and kids [...]
Dangerous Minds is a book about a teacher on a mission to not only better her students’ grades but their lives as well. She pushes them to their limits and makes them realize their potential. Luanne Johnson captures your attention, and her students keep the surprises coming with each new chapter. I recommend this book to a high school level reader, anyone younger might find it difficult to read, because they haven’t experienced life at a high school.
Great book and much better than the movie. At times in the movie, Ms. Johnson wasn't portrayed very well, IMO. In the book, she is a strong teacher who reinforces her principles constantly in the classroom.
This has been such a heartwarming read!
True story of a dedicated teacher.
Ms. Johnson took a chance by becoming a teacher at a run down, inner city school in west Los Angeles. Almost all of her students were troubled and underpriveleged. "You're about to step into a room full of hormone-crazed teenagers and ask them to commit unnatural acts like sit down, shut up, and listen to someone too old to be taken seriously."Throughout the course of the year, she began to change the way these students viewed school, and showed them the importance school will have on their futu [...]
In the book Dangerous Minds by Louanne Johnson, I saw a whole new perspective on how some teachers; view us students. The scene or story, takes place at a poor lonely low rated school. One word would describe that school, and it would be potential. Ms. Johnson recognized that, as soon as she spoke one word to the class. Several teachers experienced what she did, in a matter of seconds their one word, deadly. What could have made her stay there or was she just crazy? If I would have as much pote [...]
Inhoud: Het is een klas uit de hel:34 gettokinderen. Louanne Johnson, pas van de lerarenopleiding, krijgt ze onder haar hoede. Het zijn kansloze gevaarlijke leerlingen die bloed willen zien. Haar bloed, maar Louanne vecht terug. Ze is te jong om met pensioen te gaan en te gemeen om op te geven. Louanne heeft zo haar eigen ideeën en eigenlijk is ze helemaal niet zo gemeen. Achter de muur van onverschilligheid en verzet ziet zij intelligente jonge mensen met ieder een eigen droom. Louanne is vast [...]
Interesting, but probably would have been better as series of magazine articles, rather than a book. As is, it's sort of repetitive. She's an ex-marine who sets out to be a HS teacher (and her picture on the blurb looks nothing like Michelle Pfeiffer). Her students are difficult, and she has to break through their defenses to get them to try. Mostly deals with successes, and no real good feel of how frequent they are. She has some good stories, but a lot seem to be of the form: this student was [...]
These kinds of books (teacher makes a difference in her school with energy and love and creativity) are so often written by young teachers. It takes endless cleverness and patience for them to make the difference they make. I wonder how these teachers end up after 20 years in the classroom? Do they become bitter, hardened, cynical teachers? Or do they keep their idealism and energy? In any case, this was a well-written book. Written in a series of vignettes instead of a timeline story, it shows [...]
It's hard not to like a book by a teacher who seems to be able to reach kids who are totally turned off to school. Teaching mostly at-risk but high-potential students of color in the East San Francisco Bay area, Johnson seems to have an incredible gift for teaching. Her book doesn't really deal with the structural/institutional reasons why her students have so many problems, which would have been helpful and added another layer to her story. But this is still an eminently readable and engrossing [...]
Great storyportant to know these kinds of problems. It take a very special person to reach out to others that are having trouble and at the same there there are serious needs that can be helped. My eyes were opened with the characters in this novelch better than the movie because of greater detail and the fact that I could read secions over, dog-ear the pages if you will. One Last Chance, maybe, but probably not but it is dangerous to play with fire. Much better to address the issues at hand and [...]
Once I got into the book, I kept going and going. The shorter vignette style allowed for this, but I also wanted to see what she would do in her classroom next. I liked that she was unafraid to put her bad days/experiences as well as all of the good ones. Interested in seeing some of her work specifically for education, NOT interested in seeing the movie, as apparently it is different in too many ways from the book. (which doesn't usu. interest me in a movie)
I actually liked this book and didn't find myself feeling aggravated and on the defense. Would I push as far as Johnson did to reach certain students? In this delicately balanced world of this pc and by the book culture I wouldn't feel safe. But I certainly agree with her beliefs about student potential and ability and I definitely appreciated her ability to tell the story in an engaging manner that kept me flipping pages.
Like a loser English teacher, i love books about English teachers. This was a really moving one. There are great scenes in the book and reminded me of the movie- and oh gosh, did i like that movie. i read it in a quick day and a half, probably. i got some good teaching ideas, too (yeah. lame). i would totally recommend this book to anyone with a soul.
What a great book to give insights to the problems teachers and students face in America's unbelievably unequal and most-often embarrassingly unorganized educational system -- an especially useful tool for teachers from someone who's been in the trenches and is fighting like hell to survive the war so a future generation can make it! Inspiring stuff.
Loved this!!!! I am pretty sure I could not teach he kids b/c I don't have the street smarts and background she has. I admire her and have the utmost respect for her. I wish she could have made it longer but when you give huge chunks of your heart and life to others, you , personally, will burn out much quicker. Need more adults to do what she did.
so far this book is a book that i can not put down. i really enjoy reading it and i would recomeded this to any body that is in high school but mostly to kids in 11th or higher because of some of the events and actions that characters do and act upon and even say. This ends out the way that nobody expects it to
I can't believe I have never heard of this book! Written by the same woman who wrote Dangerous Minds, this book is one of the best accounts of teaching in an urban school that I've ever read. It rings true to me - I feel like I have taught with her. I would love to run into her and I wm sure we could talk for days straight
interesting true story of an ex-marine teaching high school in the early 1990's in the district where i went to high school in the early 1990's. later republished under the title Dangerous Minds after michelle pfeiffer played the Louann Johnson role in the movie.
I read this before I gained consciousness about race and privilege. Now I am aware of the "white woman teacher goes into the ghetto to save the poor brown people from themselves" cliche and how problematic it is. I would have to read it again to do a fair analysis, as I'm sure my interpretation would be different today, especially after having done Americorps.
A powerful story that gives an inside look to how one teacher can truly make an impact on students' lives and how unorthodox teaching methods can help students to discover themselves and to respect themselves.Her story is inspiring and somewhat relatable. I have had my experience with few behaviorally-challenged students in my classes. It's not easy.
I love this book and always have! Even if it oversimplifies the learning process and sets unrealistic expectations for teachers, it's still damn inspiring. Makes me feel good every time I read it. And I've read it quite a lot. Probably more than any other book. Love it, love it, love it. Go LouAnne!
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