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Keep Up If You Can

Confessions of a High School Teacher

by (author) Bill Sherk

Dundurn Press
Initial publish date
Apr 2012
Educators, General, Personal Memoirs
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    Apr 2012
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    Apr 2012
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A light-hearted and touching memoir of Bill Sherk’s 30-plus-year career as a Toronto high school history teacher with a creative flair and passion for his work.

Bill Sherk taught history to Toronto high school students for more than thirty years. With his dynamic, creative, and occasionally unorthodox teaching style, he instilled in his students a passion for history and learning. Sherk was loved by his students and remained in their memories long after graduation.

Keep Up If You Can is a light-hearted and touching memoir that will appeal to anyone who’s had a special teacher impact their life.

Fun facts:
He learned the names of all his students on the first day of school.
He assigned ancient names to his ancient history students. They called him Sherkules (SHERK-yoo-leez).
After reading Webster’s Dictionary cover to cover, he encouraged his students to coin new words, and many of these were published in his three dictionaries.
Firmly believing in physical activity, he would leap atop his desk and lead his students in an aerobic "Sherkout" to a rock-and-roll beat.


About the author

Bill Sherk is one of Canada's leading authorities on old automobiles. He is a feature writer for Old Autos newspaper and the recipient of an "Outstanding" award from the Antique Automobile Club of America for his work as a Canadian automobile historian. In 23, Dundurn Press published his bestselling illustrated book, 6 Years Behind the Wheel: The Cars We Drove in Canada, 19-196.

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Editorial Reviews

After reading this book, memories of ones own high school days and antics should be streaming to mind.

The Leamington Post

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