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Pedro's Whale (Hardcover)
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Based on the real-life event that inspired Paula Kluth and Patrick Schwarz's bestselling "Just Give Him the Whale ," this simple but powerful story introduces educators to one of the best, most effective inclusion strategies: using students' fascinations to help them learn. Pedro, a young boy who loves whales more than anything, is heartbroken when he's told to put away his favorite toy whale on the first day of school. But then Pedro's teacher discovers the secret to helping him do his best work: not only giving him his whale, but also incorporating his special interest into the whole curriculum. Soon, Pedro's whale is helping all the children learn, as the teacher works whales into math lessons, storytime, simple science experiments, and more Pedro's whale helps him make friends, too, as the other children start to share his special interest. An ideal teaching tool, Pedro's Whale will inspire educators to harness their students' natural motivations. The engaging, full-color illustrations (by Justin Canha, a gifted artist on the autism spectrum) also make this book perfect for storytime, so all children can increase their sensitivity to peers with special needs and learning differences. Everyone who reads Pedro's Whale will remember its eye-opening message: when you work with instead of against what students love, they feel safe, happy, and ready to learn. Used in tandem with "Just Give Him the Whale ," this enlightening story will help teachers maximize inclusion and ensure that students with and without disabilities reach their full potential.
About the Author
Paula Kluth is the coauthor of the Heinemann title You're Welcome (2007). A leading independent scholar and consultant on the subjects of inclusive schooling, differentiated instruction, and autism, she is the author of "You're Going to Love This Kid": Educating Students with Autism in Inclusive Classrooms (2003) and the lead editor for Access to Academics: Critical Approaches to Inclusive Curriculum, Instruction, and Policy (with Doug Biklen and Diana Straut, 2003). Paula presents her findings and ideas for instruction in professional development settings nationwide. Visit her online at www.paulakluth.com..
Dr. Patrick Schwarz is a dynamic and engaging professor, author, motivational speaker and leader in Education (Inclusive Education, Special Education, General Education, Educational Leadership) and Human Services. He is a professor at National-Louis University, Chicago. Patrick's company is Creative Culture Consulting LLC. He is the author of From Disability to Possibility, as well as three other books coauthored with Paula Kluth: You're Welcome, Just Give Him the Whale, and Pedro's Whale. His latest title is From Possibility to Success. Visit Patrick online at http: //www.patrickschwarz.com.
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