Snow is streaming from the sky as a short yellow school bus pulls up to a red brick building that is well on the plus side of fifty years old. A young girl, approximately ten years old, exits the bus through an open window and runs down the pathway to the building. She hurls herself into the school and within a few feet finds her classroom. The ceiling of the class is gnarled with enormous steam pipes, anywhere from two to twelve inches in diameter. The pipes are already at work, grunting and hissing their way to heating the class. The girl grabs a pair of scissors and opens them at her throat. "I'll kill myself now if you don't sing a song from South Pacific'." The kid's eyes are wild and her greasy hair is matted to her forehead. I begin to hum a few bars of Happy Talk' as I calmly take the scissors from her hands. She quiets down almost immediately. I help her take off her thin coat and note that her feet do not have socks on them. Class has started on a Monday morning in an upstate New York public school. Pipe Dreams: One Teacher's Journey is a nonfiction memoir of an eight-year journey teaching emotionally disturbed children. Written in the first person by their teacher, this unique account is fascinating, humorous, and conveys the inner workings of public school. These kids' lives will engross you and touch your heart.
Author : Bonnie Kaye Release : 2003 Publisher : AuthorHouse ISBN : 1410739600 File Size : 82.68 MB Format : PDF Download : 568 Read : 783