Just received a very lovely review from Donovan’s Bookshelf:
Yo Miz! combines the tone of a memoir with serious (and, at times, unexpectedly comic) observations from an unconventional teacher who moves from her home school to teach at 25 Manhattan public high schools in one year, and charts not only Rose’s growth as an educator in this environment, but the nature and temperament of her students.
First, think To Sir With Love – but grittier, with more social and political specifics on the teaching structure and school system as a whole.
Next, add a narrowed focus on the New York City school system – but with an eye to detailing student encounters, presenting wry and fun (as well as critical) observations of the learning process, and providing insights on exactly where education fails.
Put all this in a diary-style first-person memoir, pack in anecdotes that bring specific student/teacher interactions to life, learn about students who ‘don’t fit in’ with the usual structured teaching approach, and stir. The result is a powerful saga that’s a top recommendation for any who would understand not just the New York City system, but exactly where it fails and why; all related through the experience of teacher Elizabeth Rose and her sojourn through twenty-five institutions in one single, crazy school year.