by Rachel Terlop
Illustrated by Marianella Aguirre Gonzàlez
As she grew up, Maggie’s moms always encouraged her to be herself, and helped her dreams grow just as large as her heart. However, when bullies at school begin to make fun of Maggie, she must discover a way to overcome their jeers while standing true to herself in her own flippers! Join Maggie as she shows everyone under the sea what a dose of creativity can do—and how much joy can be had while doing so!
The following books are written under a pen name, fictional, and are not written for the audience of students.
The Starfish Class:
Acknowledging One Student at a Time
That is all teaching is; the starfish story! Supporting one student at a time, and releasing them onto the next teacher.
"One day a man was walking along the beach when he noticed a boy picking something up and gently throwing it into the ocean.
Approaching the boy, he asked, “What are you doing?”
The youth replied, “Throwing starfish back into the ocean. The surf is up and the tide is going out. If I don’t throw them back, they’ll die.”
“Son,” the man said, “don’t you realize there are miles and miles of beach and hundreds of starfish? You can’t make a difference!”
After listening politely, the boy bent down, picked up another starfish, and threw it back into the surf. Then, smiling at the man, he said…
”I made a difference for that one.”