Nicole Larkins, primary school trainee teacher, South Farnham SCITT
While reading Becoming a Teacher I found myself reflecting on my own beliefs and politics, and I really liked this. Alan’s honesty and transparency makes it easy to imagine oneself in the situations described in the book, and to consider what one’s own reactions might be to similar situations – such as going on strike, which really challenged my thinking. I enjoyed the discussion and reflection sections too, as being confronted with specific questions was really thought-provoking. The book is also helpful in relieving anxieties on how to handle situations in the classroom, and offers a perspective of teaching backed by a wealth of experience and honesty.