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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 (10 May 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00K9UXW2E
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5.0 out of 5 stars GETTING TO KNOW YOU 14 December 2014
By Robin Leigh Morgan - Published on
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I bought a copy of this book primarily for one reason. I couldn’t resist the price for the KINDLE edition for this book, FREE.

While I’ve never been a teacher, nor a parent of a child; like ALL OF US, I’ve been a student.

As students we never got to know what’s going on inside the minds of any of the teachers we’ve ever had from Kindergarten right through our senior year in high school. All we knew had been that the person in front of the classroom was there to teach what we needed to learn. And from the ninth grade on, for me it had been to pass the all-important year end test for the subjects I’ve taken a class in; which in New York State that was the State Regents Exams.

And for some reason, as students, we never could understand why we liked some teachers more than others, we just did. All we knew it basically had been the way our teachers interacted with us; some showing us an interest in what we might to ask at the end of a class, while others told us to get to our next class so we wouldn’t be late - - in other words the old brush-off.

In his book, John Fioravanti, has gone to where almost all teachers would never dare to thread, which is letting us into his psyche for his reasons for being a teacher and his development in becoming a better teacher. This book also proves that the line in the song “Getting to Know You” from the “The Kind and I” has some truth to back it up. For those who don’t know the line, it is: “If you become a teacher by your students you’ll be taught.”

The author’s life experiences is what this book is about, and in writing it, he has lifted the veil to the reason why teachers are the way they are, which is why I’m happy to give this book 5 STARS.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Book Review of A Personal Journey to the Heart of Teaching by John Fioravati 10 December 2014
By Joy Nwosu Lo-Bamijoko - Published on
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Reading John’s account of his experience as a high school teacher brings to mind my own experience. I too was a high school teacher, and many of his experience resounded what I, or any teacher, if they are true to themselves, go through every day. The doubts, fear of inadequacies, and inner demons are constantly present in the lives of teachers. Who among teachers can claim to know all? But we walk into our classrooms every day, and teach. We do this because we know something about our subject matter which the students don’t know.
With that in mind, we teach, and if we love what we do, we do so with love, with enjoyment, and with commitment. I can see that John loved what he did, and for that alone, he did it well. All those doubts were there to always push him on to greater heights. If he for once stopped worrying, and relaxed, he would have also stopped growing. Therefore, those doubts are there to remind us always that we have not reached our peak, and that peak, believe me, is never reached. Your story showed what a great teacher you were, and an inspiration to teachers. It was a great story in human development. I enjoyed reading it. It was very well written. I should write mine someday.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Affirmation 12 January 2016
By Barb - Published on
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John Fioravanti "walked through the door and into my heart" with his moving examination of his career as a teacher. The book resonated with me in many ways as I am a retired teacher and newly-born author of my own novel. Also a 60s teen, I nodded as I read his description of growing up in that idealistic decade. As a Canadian, John missed the American angst of the Vietnam War though. Naming teaching a "sacred profession" because parents entrust teachers with their most precious treasures, Mr. Fioravanti feels the responsibility deeply as he reaches for excellence in his classroom. A responsibility, he finds "both exhilarating and humbling." He continually works out a crippling fear of failure begun in his teens by a domineering Dad who wants his son to work at his IGA market. He learns over many years in the classroom that kids are more than a "collective blob of teenaged hormones." Fear and lack of self-belief follow him throughout his career as he learns what is important as a teacher: not so much what or how you teach content, but that teachers need to listen, support and respect their students. It is the living we do that is most important. Unfortunately, in an age where teachers are pummeled by legislators and governors, these traits cannot be measured on standardized tests. But he succeeds at both. His students become excellent essay writers as well as life-learners. As Mr. Fioravanti states at one point, Ontario teachers were characterized as "selfish, under-worked and over-paid and led by union thugs." This can get to teachers and we can certainly see the reduction of students applying to education programs at universities. As I write many, many schools in Detroit are closed today because of teacher walk-outs. Is teaching a respected profession anymore?
It is said that you're lucky to have one or two gifted teachers in your lifetime, the ones who change you as well as educate you. Mr.Fioravanti is truly one such teacher and his journey to become an important teacher in his students' lives makes this book an excellent one. As his student, Maria writes to him, "Gratitude is the memory of the soul." Thank you, Mr. Fioravanti!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An unflinching look at the life of a classroom teacher 20 January 2015
By Mike Billington author of Corpus Delectable - Published on
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Teachers have long gotten a bad rap in Western society.
You've all heard that old saying: Those that can, do and those that can't, teach.
And, unless you've been hiding in a cave for the last 25 years or so, you've also heard countless right-wing politicians attack teachers without mercy: Teachers are "overpaid and underworked," they rant while they, meanwhile, collect fat paychecks for working a few short months out of the year as duly elected public officials serving in state and provincial legislative bodies.
None of those ranters and ravers and none of those people who look down their noses at teachers, however, have ever spent even one academic year in front of a classroom full of students preparing them for life after they leave their homes and strike out on their own. Because of that their criticisms are little more than hot air delusions: They, in plain point of fact, do not have any idea what it takes to be a teacher.
John Fioravanti does.
Fioravanti taught for more than three decades and in his book "A Personal Journey to the Heart of Teaching" he shares just what it's like to stand before a group of students knowing that he is responsible for making sure that they are ready for life after high school. It is a heavy responsibility and no one is more aware of that fact than those on the front lines; the men and women who have dedicated their lives to teaching children. Fioravanti admits, in this honest and straightforward memoir, that he worried constantly throughout his career whether or not he was "good enough" for the job; whether or not he was strong enough to bear the burden of that responsibility even though he was often praised for his ability to teach students more than just the basic coursework required to earn their diplomas. He also shares with his readers the journey he embarked upon and what he learned from students and colleagues along the way.
And he shared some of the joy and satisfaction that are, ultimately, the real rewards of teaching.
If you want to know what it's like to be a teacher - that is, if you would truly like to know - then I would urge you to read this book. It's not long and it's not full of educational theory.
It is, however, an unflinching account of the life of a classroom teacher and that makes it well worth reading.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great feel good read 16 January 2015
By Tracam - Published on
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I normally read business/finance related books or suspense thrillers.

I bought A Personal Journey to the Heart of Teaching because I wanted to check out John Fioravanti’s writing style. The first two pages told me that he is a superb author and this book is beautifully constructed.

The bonus for me was John’s wonderful story and how he shares both his demons and accomplishments with readers. It is a terrific, uplifting story and if you don’t feel good after reading this book, you’re hard to please.

Late in the book there is a second bonus being a heartfelt poem composed by one of John’s students for him. I was not only impressed by the poem’s sentiments but by the student’s skills. Needless to say it is a great poem.

My only problem with this book is its title which I think limits the number of readers. You don’t need to be a teacher, parent, grandparent or student to get a buzz out of this book. It is a wonderful feel good story that anyone looking for a good read should buy.

It was very easy to give A Personal Journey to the Heart of Teaching five stars.