I think everyone has room to grow and develop and most are looking for a purpose in life,” Carlsen says. “The characters in this book are real people with real struggles who find a purpose in helping others through challenges in their own lives.
Niles, MI (PRWEB) March 12, 2014
Author and educator Tara Carlsen wanted to help at-risk students learn without relying on stale, clinical teaching methods.
Instead of trying to find solutions in the classroom, the mathematics teacher transplanted failing students from an alternative high school to a horse ranch.
There, she encouraged them to reach for the reins, and she witnessed dramatic results. Carlsen’s new book, “Reaching for the Reins: Stories of At-Risk Students Empowered by Serving Others through Equine Therapy” (published by iUniverse), chronicles the struggles and successes of these students over the course of five years.
Carlsen says “Reaching for the Reins” is a collection of stories of individual students whose involvement in teaching other students with special needs changed the course of the high schoolers’ education, enabling them to see the benefit of setting goals beyond graduation.
“I think everyone has room to grow and develop and most are looking for a purpose in life,” Carlsen says. “The characters in this book are real people with real struggles who find a purpose in helping others through challenges in their own lives.”
“Reaching for the Reins”
By Tara Carlsen
Hardcover | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 226 pages | ISBN 9781491707289
Softcover | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 226 pages | ISBN 9781491707272
E-Book | 226 pages | ISBN 9781491707296
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble
About the Author
Tara Carlsen has a bachelor’s degree in secondary education and a master’s degree in education leadership. She teaches mathematics at an alternative public high school in southwest Michigan, where she lives with her husband and horse. “Reaching for the Reins” is her first book.
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