Saturday, July 30, 2016
I Wish My Teacher Knew by Kyle Schwartz
During the 2012-13 school year, there were 1,258,182 homeless students in American public schools. Or, maybe we should talk about the more than two million American students who are dependents of a military service member, and they move every two to three years. According to Schwartz, and, certainly in the community I live in, roughly 51% of all the children in the public schools live in poverty. The sentence that struck me? "Poverty issues are learning issues."
Schwartz offers a lot of statistics, as you can tell from the above paragraph. But, she offers suggestions for other teachers as well. She focuses on building a community within the classroom, and with the families. In fact, she discusses the variety of families today. She points out the mistakes she's made along the way, quite often from making assumptions as to how her students lived. And, some of her assumptions were so wrong.
The author does include commentary from other teachers. And, her experience is based on teaching third grade. But, many of her ideas may inspire teachers at all levels. And, many of her ideas, and those heartbreaking notes, have inspired me. If I'm invited back to that second or third grade classroom this year, I might look at those children and their wonderful teacher, from a little different angle. Because, even though I had a wonderful family and a great education, I know there are things I Wish My Teacher Knew.
I Wish My Teacher Knew by Kyle Schwartz. De Capo Press. 2016. ISBN 9780783219141 (hardcover), 258p.
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