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Book Title: Problem Child - The View from the Principal's Office: Improbable Tales from a Hyperactive Childhood|
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The author of the book: Robb Lightfoot
Edition: Thinking Funny
Date of issue: December 31st 2015
ISBN 13: 9780988785465
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 8.33 MB
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This is not a memoir, it's a sorta-was, a collection of 25 humorous short stories that date back to the days of the "unsupervised sixties."
Problem Child takes you inside the hyperactive and somewhat Machiavellian mind of Robb Lightfoot, the kid who had his own special reserved seat in the principal's office. He wasn't looking for trouble, it just found him. He was president and sole member of Highland Elementary's short-lived rock-throwing club, a chewing gum connoisseur, and woodshop survivee.
Robb's recollections are part truth and part tall tales. Learn why school is unlike Jeopardy! and why too much knowledge may be hazardous to your health.
Some of these tales happed almost exactly as written, others are a combination of pranks, misunderstandings, and mishaps that have been combined. Still others are epic stories that have grown with each telling, and form a part of the Lightfoot's family lore.
A key point in these stories is that usually, Robb is trying to do the right thing and getting it all wrong. His allies are a patient principal, a tolerant mother, and neighbors who have their own quirks.
The stories cover Robb's grade school years, and include a cast of his friends. Just like in the TV Show Dragnet, the names have been changed to protect the innocent.
Problem Child is dedicated to the late Principal Tom Lewis, who eventually set up an extra desk in his outer office for Robb to take his time outs, reflect, and read.
Author Robb Lightfoot went on to complete his studies and enter education as a profession. He now lives, teaches, and writes in Northern California, and owes a great deal to the very patient faculty and staff at Highland Elementary in Oildale.
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Read information about the authorMy storytelling career began in kindergarten. Mother made a deal with Mrs. Berry, my teacher. "Don't believe what he says happens at home and I won't believe what he says happens at school."
In first grade, I spent much of my time in the principal's office. Poor Mr. Lewis tried to convey the finer points of classroom etiquette... wait until you're called upon was his main message. But there's always so much to talk about! Today, in addition to writing, I get paid to talk--I teach speech, debate and literature-in-performance.
My first paid writing gig was as a reporter at The Bakersfield Californian, and I learned to write under deadline pressure. I was lucky enough to get coaching from editors of the New Journalism school that favored colorful, crisp writing. After a few years, though, I decided a job with more regular hours was better suited to the demands of raising a family. I made it into the classroom by way of Public Relations and master's in speech communication. My thesis was stories to see how credible they were. Odd, isn't it. The main theme of our adult lives can often be seen in our earliest days.
Today, I finally have time to devote to writing again after many years of raising four kids. My wife of 30 years in working an a PhD in Public Health, and she teaches public health nursing at CSU Chico. I'm still teaching at Shasta College, in Redding, but whenever possible I write. I'm presently working on my third book, Memoirs of a Problem Child--a humorous collection of tall tales. Think of it as a "sortawas."
You can reach me at www.robblightfoot.com or firstname.lastname@example.org