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Friday 18 October 2019

☀ 180 Days: A Teacher's Diary Through One Epic School Year - Sofia Faye Burke

Thank you for joining us on the Virtual Book Tour for 180 Days: A Teacher's Diary Through One Epic School Year, a Diary by (, Your Book Angel, 122 pages).

PREVIEW: Check out the book's synopsis and excerpt below.

Author Sofia Faye Burke will be awarding a $20 Amazon/BN gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.   Please do take part: comment on our post and follow the tour where you will be able to read other excerpts (☀).

|| Synopsis || Teaser: Excerpt || About the Author || Giveaway & Tour Stops ||


180 Days is a fly on the wall experience into a high school classroom over one full school year (180 days to be exact).

Written as a diary by a teacher who was struggling to cope with everything from educational reform to school shootings, this work unfolds via the teachers’ lens of controlled chaos in a broken system. This book takes the reader on a journey from the dilemma of how to make it to the restroom and back before the bell rings to the agony of an active shooter training day, including acceptance of a newfound form of professional development.

Mrs. Burke writes about the daily challenges and rewards of life within the four walls of her classroom. The work is gritty, hilarious, and heart breaking at the same time. Hang on, a school year is one wild ride.

Teaser: Exclusive Excerpt

     Day 19: The business manager of the district stopped in to grace me with his presence today during my class. Wow. I am honored but, er eh um. Awkward? Duh, uh, I am teaching a class. Does he see the students? Can’t say that to him, as he is one step away from superintendent. He had pressing matters that were of the utmost importance, hence the interruption of my instruction. He had to check on my new chairs that he so graciously purchased for my classroom and he had to lecture me about how important it is that the ‘el cheapo’ chairs not fall apart. There is history here.
      The previous chairs they purchased for my classroom were of such poor construction that the screws in the backs of the chairs would twist out as if a ghost were using an invisible screwdriver and whoops, down goes another unsuspecting kid. Hence the work order. Come to think of it, maybe the school is haunted? Nah. One fine day, one of my football students stretched, the chair simply stretched with him and folded backwards like melting plastic. Rather frightening at the time as my helpless student was backward like a crab, feet and hands holding him in place. He was okay, but in the end, wheels continued to pop off with zero force and the backs of the chairs would rattle with loose screws. Oh, and the seat would snap in half if you were more than 100 pounds and did not sit precisely as to not have your cheeks caught in between hard plastic. Not comfortable and not cool. The new chairs he ordered are the same crappy plastic chairs we have breaking now. Not sure how to tell him that he chose poorly when ordering classroom furniture. I can’t bring myself to tell him of his poor choice as he gives me the creeps.

180 Days: A Teacher's Diary Through One Epic School Year
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About the Author

Sofia is an award-winning high school teacher of 16 years who has worked at three different school districts during her tenure. She is a teacher who is in school for her students, not for politics. She discovered the love of teaching quite accidentally as she conducted training for a firm she worked with in 1998. Sofia got her teaching degree and certification in an attempt to help students learn about computer science and the world of work.

Sofia comes from a long line of educators in her family tracking back to her Great, Great Grandfather. Teaching, as Sofia discovered, is in her blood. As a teacher of her students and as a professional as an educator, Sofia is well versed with how to balance both the daily work of educating young minds and navigating the politics of education. Coping skills are her strong suit. Sofia’s coping skills drove her to write this diary as a method to deal with her feelings of dysfunction she witnessed at school, almost daily.

Sofia lives a quiet life in North America with her animals. She loves the Northern Atlantic Ocean and all things cats, lizards, and fish. She has no children but views her students as extended family. She is an avid hiker and addicted to 80s music. Sofia decided to bring this personal diary to light after another year of turmoil in education. In Sofia’s view, unspeakable turmoil is what she has had a first-row seat to over the last few years. And so, she published.

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Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting!

James Robert said...

It has been great hearing about your book and although I am not the reader myself, my 2 sisters and 2 daughters are. They love hearing about the genre's they like and me helping them get to find books they will enjoy. Thanks for sharing!

Rita Wray said...

Sounds like a great read.

Victoria Alexander said...

Happy Friday! Thanks for sharing the great post.