- File Size: 12078 KB
- Print Length: 272 pages
- Publisher: Da Capo Lifelong Books (July 12, 2016)
- Publication Date: July 12, 2016
- Sold by: Hachette Book Group
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01DWWILXU
knew _____.” The results astounded her. Some answers were humorous, others were heartbreaking–all were profoundly moving and enlightening. The results opened her eyes to the need for educators to understand the unique realities their students face in order to create an open, safe and supportive place in the classroom. When Schwartz shared her experience online, #IWishMyTeacherKnew became an immediate worldwide viral phenomenon. Schwartz’s book tells the story of #IWishMyTeacherKnew, including many students’ emotional and insightful responses, and ultimately provides an invaluable guide for teachers, parents, and communities.
I don't want anyone to think that these few "bad" issues took away from the books message. They did not. The book was very insightful and helpful. It really made me stop and think about the challenges so many children go through on a daily basis and how it affects their academic learning. Just to be more informed as a professional will go along way in how we approach children in the classroom and some possible accommodations that can be made. Overall the book was heartbreaking. Its things we know kids go through but block out and want to believe these tragedies are not nearly as common as they actually are. It reminds me of a quote "be kinder than necessary, you never know what someone else is going through". I do not remember who said this, but I heard it years ago and it has always stuck with me and its something I teach my kids, but its also something that applies to every profession, especially those dealing with children. We need to create an environment from day one that lets our kids know we are approachable, we care and we have a deep desire to help, even if that means going the extra mile. This is a great book that I plan to buy some copies of to give to my teacher friends.