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Product Details

  • Paperback: 346 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 16, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1460952553
  • ISBN-13: 978-1460952559
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,644,994 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Robert J. Garmston, Ed.D ROBERT J. GARMSTON is an Emeritus Professor of Educational Administration at California State University, Sacramento and Co-Developer of Cognitive Coaching www.cognitivecoaching.com with Dr. Art Costa. Formerly a classroom teacher, principal, director of instruction and acting superintendent, he works as an educational consultant and is director of Facilitation Associates, a consulting firm specializing in leadership, learning, personal and organizational development. He is co-developer and founder of the Center for Adaptive Schools www.adaptiveschools.com with Bruce Wellman. The Center for Adaptive Schools develops organizational capacity for self-directed, sustainable improvement in student learning. He has made presentations and conducted workshops for teachers, administrators and staff developers throughout the United States as well as in Canada, Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and the Middle East. Bob has written and co-authored a number of books including Cognitive Coaching: A Foundation for Renaissance Schools, How to Make Presentations That Teach and Transform, and A Presenter’s Fieldbook: A Practical Guide. In 1999, the National Staff Development Council (NSDC) selected, The Adaptive School: A Sourcebook for Developing Collaborative Groups, as book of the year. In that same year Bob was recognized by NSDC for his contributions to staff development. A second edition of the Presenter’s Fieldbook and Adaptive Schools were published in 2002 and 2004. For several years he wrote a column on facilitating groups for the National Staff Development Council. His books have been translated into Arabic, Hebrew and Italian. In addition to educational clients, he has worked with diverse groups including police officers, probation officers, Court and Justice systems, Utilities Districts, The United States Air Force and the World Health Organization. Bob lives with his wife, Sue, near Sacramento, California and has five children and five grandchildren, each of whom, of course, is bright and cute.

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If you've ever been through any challenges in life, this book will make you feel you can do anything!
Michele Pierce Burns
I think Bob is an amazing individual, and his words have inspired me to continue moving forward when so many chips are down.
Petra Gonzales
It celebrates and encourages educators and social service professionals who work with struggling youth.
W. Ferguson

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jane Ellison on September 11, 2011
Format: Paperback
Bob's poignant recollections of his life and learnings are truly inspirational. His stories and poems offer a unique blend of humor and hope. His story is one that needs telling -- it will make a difference in the lives of all those who read it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sharlene on December 18, 2011
Format: Paperback
"I Don't Do That Anymore" is an engaging chronicle of astonishing childhood stories that normally would predict a lifetime of failure. The International success Bob attained engenders faith in resilience and fosters hope for myriad struggling children in similar tenuous, unpredictable, and painful environments.
From Chapter 1, I could see "Movie" written all over the pages. I have known Bob for many decades and so heard some of his early childhood stories throughout the years, but had no idea he was only telling the Cliff Note versions. Therefore, I was spellbound with anticipation as I read the unfolding collection of his adventures and misadventures told with verve and humor.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michele Pierce Burns on October 24, 2011
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If you've ever been through any challenges in life, this book will make you feel you can do anything! Bob honestly shares stories of his life with a heart wide-open. I keep ordering copies because I give the book away so often to friends and colleagues of all ages/backgrounds. This is a book that is a true gift--I was unable to put it down and now am not the same person I was before reading. I am so grateful.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By W. Ferguson on October 10, 2011
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Dr. Garmston's deeply personal memoir succeeds on a number of levels. It celebrates and encourages educators and social service professionals who work with struggling youth. It highlights the challenges of learning how to live, let alone thrive, when children are given few positive role models, support, or love. And it takes the reader down Garmston's harrowing road to recovery from rejection, abuse, and alcoholism. The road twists and turns and is riddled with potholes, but he keeps driving himself forward.

This drive, to me, is the essence of resilience. From an early age Garmston had an internal compass that steered him toward opportunities for growth. He created a family of sorts in his close bonds with other Lytton boys. He was drawn toward adults who recognized his giftedness and humanity, and who generously shared their wisdom. As a boy and into adulthood he sought out nature for renewal, reflection and catharsis. He actively engaged in therapeutic work throughout his adult life. He immersed himself in academic and professional arenas, taking on increasingly challenging and gratifying work. Perhaps most significantly, he created a family and experienced the intimacy, love, and comfort he lacked as a young child.

As a previous school counselor married to a middle school teacher, I found the book profoundly moving and inspirational. Thank you, Bob.
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