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ERIC Number: EJ792318
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Aug
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1049-5851
What Every Teacher Needs to Know about Foster Kids
Harrison, Kathy
Instructor, v116 n1 p43-45 Aug 2006
When the author began teaching preschool after her youngest child began school, she asked children to bring in pictures of themselves and gave a "Favorite Family Recipe" book as a Christmas gift. The year was 1989 and she was blissfully ignorant of any other childhood than the kind her sheltered children lived. Then she met Angie. Angie was a tough, streetwise little thing with a sharp mind and a bad attitude. After a week of doing battle with her at every turn, the author pulled out her file to check her history, desperate to figure out how to help her fit into her class. She found out the socially isolating status of a child in foster care. The author still cringes when she thinks back to the number of small ways she was disrespectful to children in her class, not out of malice but out of ignorance. Now, when the author has a child in her care, she makes sure to meet with any new teacher to talk briefly about how they can work together to make the school experience a positive one for all of them. In this article, the author provides several ways a teacher can support a child in those critical first months.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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