I Wish My Teacher Knew: How One Question Can Change Everything for Our Kids

Da Capo. Jul. 2016. 256p. photos. notes. index. ISBN 9780738219141. $19.99; ebk. ISBN 9780738219158. ED
OrangeReviewStarSchwartz, a Colorado third grade teacher, asked her students to complete the sentence, "I wish my teacher knew…." Sharing the profound events that shaped her pupils' lives, both online and now in this book, allowed the author to show how easy it is to bring teachers and students together to build a stronger classroom community. Addressing issues of poverty, grief, trauma, family makeup, character development, and self-efficacy, Schwartz demonstrates how significantly these events can impact learning. Supported with a sound research base, each topic is outlined and leads to concrete solutions that teachers can implement. Realizing that it is every teacher's responsibility to establish the kind of caring environment that allows children to thrive, the author proposes ideas that vary from changing the language we use to creating rituals that form community. A real passion for the kinds of teaching that better the lives of students is evident in Schwartz's every word, and her compassion and caring is contagious, making this book accessible to a wide range of readers.
VERDICT For teachers who want to build strong relationships with their students and need a mentor to help guide through the process.
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