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Some Kids I Taught and What They Taught Me

Narrated by: Kate Clanchy
Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
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Kate Clanchy has taught in state schools for nearly 30 years. Some Kids I Taught and What They Taught Me is a book about a life’s work spent teaching in a national institution. By telling the stories of some of the kids she’s taught, some of the teachers she’s worked with and some of the lessons she’s learned, Clanchy offers a revelatory picture of school life and a fascinating look at the role education plays in our society today. 

This is not a work of moaning pessimism or dry sociology, lamenting the actions of successive governments when it comes to policy decisions. While Some Kids acknowledges the undoubtedly difficult situation in many schools, Clanchy writes beautifully about her students as people, whose diversity, humour and sheer brains she aims to celebrate; she writes about the uplifting power of teaching when practised well, about the success she’s seen and encouraged in some of the most challenged and challenging pupils she knows, and about the effect all of this had on her as a teacher, mother and citizen.

As well as her real-world experience in schools, Clanchy is a prize-winning author of fiction and poetry. This unique combination of talents - her decades in the classroom, her fearlessness and wit, her poet’s eye and inimitable voice - allow her to explore serious questions by telling human stories that are sometimes funny, sometimes sad, but always moving and deeply sympathetic. Some Kids I Taught and What They Taught Me is a relevant, affecting and agenda-setting audiobook that will really get people talking.

©2019 Kate Clanchy (P)2019 Macmillan Digital Audio

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Deeply moving and beautiful to listen to

This book is for anyone who loves language and holds hope for the future. It is wise and lyrical and utterly transforming.

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One of the best books I have ever experienced

Frank, honest, captivating,. The students creep int one's soul though their poetry
it feels like a privilege to be party to Kate Clancy's story.
Her honesty ,including concerns about her own children's schooling. The descriptions of the social divide in Britain, the bikes, the estate, her own vulnerability.! xxx

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Moving and enlightening

Absolutely inspired me to see if I can help children locally enjoy and write poetry. Clanchy is a wonder. There should be similar programmes in every school.

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A beautiful, essential book - highly recommended!

Kate Clanchy is a wonderful, tender writer and narrator, and this collection of stories about a life dedicated to education and literature, and some of the children's stories as well, is one of the most moving things I've ever read/listened to. It's not so much a book about teaching or poetry (although they are both strongly well woven throughout) as a book about human connection, about families and how we should all think about how we contribute to the communities around us. It's an absolutely beautiful book, I'm so glad it exists and I know I will listen, and re-listen, to it many times. Don't hesitate!!