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 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.”
Diary of a Student Teacher
What follows is the diary of a student teacher.
"As a 21 year old, college senior who is one semester away from graduating from university - the only thing standing in the way of me and my future is student teaching.
My sister, also a teacher, recommended writing about everything that happens. Doing so is supposed to help reflect on my experiences and 'really grow' as a professional. Or it could be a way to keep me sane.
I mean, I feel really prepared to go into student teaching because I have done so well in my other placements… However, I have never taught more than one, maybe two lessons a day. So going from that to all day every day… that is the most intimidating thing I have ever heard.
What follows is the adventure through a 3rd and 5th grade placement in rural, midwest town."
The IMPACT of My Teaching
Years of service in the classroom have an impact.
Whoever you are, I hope you find a school that aligns to your philosophy of education. Ruthlessly pursue that school: you deserve to be there.
In this book, years 4, 5, and 6 of teaching are chapters that are coming to a close. Leaving a teaching position in the city to pursue a degree, and being forced to confront a new idea: My teaching philosophy does not align to the philosophy of the district.
And so starts the search for the home school.