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Lessons learned from the starfish.

The book every teacher wishes the read before they started teaching.

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"As a 2nd grade teacher myself, who also teaches children of poverty, I was riveted to the pages of "Lessons Learned from the Starfish". 

...I am a better teacher for having read this book."
"I laughed and cried as I read this book. I am a teacher in a low-income school and while I don't know the specific students that she's writing about I see them in the types of students that I have taught."
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Frequently asked questions

Why is this book good for new teachers?

I loved my education. I look back fondly on the time I spent in the classes I took and remember the excitement had in my journey to become a teacher. However, what I didn't learn was how real the kids and the problems they bring are when I entered the class room. One of the reasons I wrote this book was to prepare teachers to the fact that the students and their lives are much more real than they seem when they are learning to become a teacher.

Is this a children's book?

It is more a story about children, but I've learned many parents have read the stories with their children. What they found is that the children are interested in learning more about the lives of the other children. Finding ways to empathize with children that may not have what they have or grew up with different problems than they have.

What is in this book for me?

When I decided to put this book together, I thought back about the children I connected with through my 25 years of teaching. What I realized was, I came to know and remember the kids most through the stories from home that they brought with them. Which, I think is what leads to becoming a successful teacher. My hope is that the teachers that read this book find ways to connect more with their students and are able to become more effective as a result.