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Teacher : One woman's struggle to keep the heart in teaching - Gabbie Stroud


One woman's struggle to keep the heart in teaching

Paperback Published: 27th June 2018
ISBN: 9781760295905
Number Of Pages: 352

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A powerful and moving memoir about how the current system is letting down children and parents, and breaking dedicated teachers. Devastating, heart-breaking, enraging.

Watching children learn is a beautiful and extraordinary experience. Their bodies transform, reflecting inner changes. Teeth fall out. Knees scab. Freckles multiply. Throughout the year they grow in endless ways and I can almost see their self-esteem rising, their confidence soaring, their small bodies now empowered. Given wings.

They fall in love with learning.

It is a kind of magic, a kind of loving, a kind of art.

It is teaching.

Just teaching.

Just what I do.

What I did.

Past tense.

In 2014, Gabrielle Stroud was a very dedicated teacher with over a decade of experience. Months later, she resigned in frustration and despair when she realised that the Naplan-test education model was stopping her from doing the very thing she was best at: teaching individual children according to their needs and talents. Her ground-breaking essay 'Teaching Australia' in the Feb 2016 Griffith Review outlined her experiences and provoked a huge response from former and current teachers around the world. That essay lifted the lid on a scandal that is yet to properly break - that our education system is unfair to our children and destroying their teachers.

In a powerful memoir inspired by her original essay, Gabrielle tells the full story: how she came to teaching, what makes a great teacher, what our kids need from their teachers, and what it was that finally broke her. A brilliant and heart-breaking memoir that cuts to the heart of a vital matter of national importance.

About the Author

Gabrielle Stroud was a primary school teacher from 1999 to 2015. Now a freelance writer, her debut novel, Measuring Up , was published by Scribe in 2009. She is currently at work on her next novel.

Industry Reviews

'Gabbie's story needs to be shouted from the rooftops. She very eloquently shows us why and how education needs to change…Teacher made me laugh and cry. I loved it!'
Kathy Margolis, former teacher and activist

‘As gripping as a novel. As raw as a memoir. As important as anything I’ve ever read about education.’
Jane Caro, actress, writer, director, broadcaster

‘An achingly heartfelt personal reflection on the way bureaucracy dehumanises and compromises our teachers and our children…how the joy of teaching can be turned into despair, and how children are becoming less important than outcomes. Heartbreaking.’
Noni Hazlehurst AM, former teacher and activist

‘Gabbie documents the inside story on the harm done to kids and teachers in our stressed-out, test-driven schools. Schools, especially primary schools, need to be based on relationship and a love of learning, yet we are doing the very opposite. Intense, personal, and impassioned but also crystal clear about what has gone wrong, and therefore, how to fix it.’
Steve Biddulph AM, bestselling author

For all the teachers out there, this is a must read!


I have just retired from teaching. This book spoke to me in so many ways. It brought back a flood of memories and helped me to identify a number of emotions I had experienced over the years.



Couldn't Put it Doen


This book was amazing. As a pre service teacher this really opened my eyes to classroom experiences, and lessons that aren't taught at uni. I wish that everyone could read this book to get an understanding of how hard educators work.



Great read


I loved this book have recommended it to several friends. As an exteacher I could relate to Gabby,s experiences.Iwas very moved by it.



A must read for teachers and educational leaders


A must read for all teachers, educational leaders and politicians. Highlights the frustrations of teaching that is faced today.



I would highly recommend this book to most teachers


It was a fantastic easy book to read. Can highly relate to it as a teacher myself.





I'm a retired Secondary School Teacher and have come to the conclusion that 'real teaching' is done in Primary School. 'Teacher' is a must read for all.

Sorrento, Vic.


An eye opener!


Fantastic read and compelling story. This confronts the problems faced by educator on a daily basis, from difficult children to the ever increasing workload faced by teachers. Education is a worse place without Gabbi teaching and something needs to be done to solve the problem Australian Education is facing today.



Couldn't put it down!


As a pre-service teacher I think this should be on every university's booklist as it provides a real insight to the world of a teacher.



What a great read for teachers of young children.


This was a wonderful read for teachers who have devoted their lives to the teaching of young children. The love of the job, and children, shines through from the beginning of the book. Then, as the author continues, she has related her dismay at the direction that teaching has taken in a way that most teachers can easily identify with. From a teacher's viewpoint, she has also been able to easily portray the amount of time and energy that so many of us put into our daily teaching routines. An extraordinary read!



Should be compulsory reading for parents


This should be compulsory reading for parents or anyone who says teaching is easy. Having worked in education for 30 years I've seen first hand the wonderful teachers who care so much about each student that they can't help as they would like because they are tied down with paperwork - much of it unnecessary and rules and regulations about what they can and can't do. Teaching for NAPLAN should be abolished and teachers should be given much more classroom support to actually improve the education of our students. This book explains exactly why good teachers are burning out.

South Australia



4.9 13


ISBN: 9781760295905
ISBN-10: 1760295906
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 27th June 2018
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3