The Hapless Teacher’s Handbook by Phil Ball

How else do I describe this book other than HILARIOUSLY APT. This autobiographical account follows a fresh English major who has no clue what to do with his degree and so decided to enrol himself in PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate in Education) which is the equivalent of Singapore’s PGDE. He talks about the horrors of a beginning teachers’ fate so candidly and offhandishly is it worrying that I find that all too familiar and tragic? In any case, I’d recommend this to any first-time-teachers out there who’s looking for a roaring, destressing read about making it in this adulting phase of life and clumsily navigating through the woes and whimsies of teaching.




Title: The Hapless Teacher’s Handbook
Author: Phil Ball
Publisher: Ebury Press
Year of Publication: 2006

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