My Thirteenth Winter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I would have loved to have had Sam in one of my English classes, given what I understand now, what I’ve worked to learn as a teacher. The memoir powerfully shares her journey, though it shares too little of her poetry and essays — she can write. I will be buying her book of poetry. I found myself copying whole pages to refer to again and to share with colleagues. Oh, what we do to kids when we can’t/don’t see the invisible struggles. Every teacher should read this — yes, I know that some (as even I did in places) will resist believing the extent to which Sam is affected by her learning difference — and some, as I did at times, will wish that she could see herself without the “label.” Nonetheless, put those issues aside to walk a few seasons in another’s shoes — might make you rethink the path you take next with your students.

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