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Praise for I Wish My Teacher Knew


“Kyle Schwartz has turned a viral classroom exercise into a powerful argument for what American students need: to be asked, heard, and finally answered. Packed with sharp insights and vivid classroom details, I Wish My Teacher Knew is a must-read for anyone who believes in the power of education.”
—Elizabeth Green, co-founder, CEO, and editor-in-chief of Chalkbeat and author of Building a Better Teacher

“Kyle Schwartz truly understands that relationships matter most in the classroom, and she shares tools and stories that every educator will find both powerful and engaging. It is a 'back-to-school' must read!”
—Tony Wagner, author of The Global Achievement Gap and Creating Innovators

I Wish My Teacher Knew is both inspiring and practical. With rich detail, it shows how, by beginning with building trust between a teacher and her students, magic can follow. Teachers will value the helpful to-do's, and all of us will value the account of life in the classroom. At a time when policymakers are obsessed with tests and accountability, I Wish My Teacher Knew delivers a powerful reminder that teaching isn't a matter of drill and kill, that the teacher's job is to develop children's excitement about learning as well as their character. For anyone who cares about teaching and learning—and that should be all of us—this book is indispensable.”
—David L. Kirp, Berkeley professor and author of Improbable Scholars: The Rebirth of a Great American School System and a Strategy for America's Schools


“Full of handwritten student notes as well as research on child poverty.”
Us Weekly

“Details how essential it is for teachers and families to be partners.”
New York Times

“Includes student notes, as well as student experiences...Addresses poverty, grief and student home life...Also includes 'teacher tools' that educators can implement in their own classrooms.”
USA Today

“Sharing the profound events that shaped her pupils' lives, both online and now in this book, allowed the author to show how easy it is to bring teachers and students together to build a stronger classroom community. Addressing issues of poverty, grief, trauma, family makeup, character development, and self-efficacy, Schwartz demonstrates how significantly these events can impact learning. Supported with a sound research base, each topic is outlined and leads to concrete solutions that teachers can implement...A real passion for the kinds of teaching that better the lives of students is evident in Schwartz's every word, and her compassion and caring is contagious.”
Library Journal (starred review)

“Provide[s] suggestions for transforming any classroom or school into a greater community. After reading Schwartz’s book, teachers will be inspired to join the #IWishMyTeacherKnew movement and get to know their students better.”

“If you’re a teacher…this book could change your career. Look for it.”
—“The Bookworm Sez” syndicated column

“Enlightening…An invaluable guide for teachers, parents and communities.”
Philadelphia Tribune

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