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Spectacular Things Happen along the Way Lessons from an Urban Classroom

ISBN-10: 0807748579
ISBN-13: 9780807748572
Edition: 2008
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Book details

List price: $25.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Teachers College Press, Teachers College, Columbia University
Publication date: 3/12/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.594

This is an inspiring story of one teacher who resisted the pressures of "teaching to the test" and created a curriculum based on his students' needs, wants, and desires. When Brian Schultz challenged his fifth-grade students to name problems in their community, they unanimously focused on replacing their dilapidated school building. This book portrays the students' attempts at solving this real-world problem through a year-long project that they developed together with their teacher. Throughout his narrative, Schultz shares the difficulties he encountered with the curriculum, the school system, the students, and himself, as well as the successes and discoveries made along the way.

Carl A. Grant is Hoefs-Bascom Professor of teacher education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Wisconsin--Madison. His work for more than thirty years has been with teachers and administrators who commit to improve students' achievement, enrich their knowledge and skill set in multicultural social justice, culturally responsive curriculum development, and teaching. He has written several books and many articles for teachers that address student achievement, curriculum development, teaching strategies, and parent-teacher engagement.

Foreword
Preface and Acknowledgments
Embracing Students' Interests for Schoolwork
What's Worth Knowing?
"Inverting" the Curriculum
Education as a Two-Way Street
Our School Is a Dump! Identifying a Problem That Needs Solving
This Ain't No Schoolwork, This Is Important!
Feelin' Like a Big and Powerful Grown-up
Needin' Them Pizza Things
Getting the Word Out: Sharing Authority in Room 405
You Wouldn't Let Your Kids Come to a School That Is Falling Apart
When Are We Going to Do Work?
Just Like a Record Deal
Seeking a Perfect Solution
The Chicago Tribune
Young Warriors
Carr's "Savage Inequalities"
Television, Radio, and Protecting the Kids
Process as Product
Practicing What I Preached
Do You Have Any Pets?
The Bestest Year Ever
Nader Comes to Carr
Bittersweet Final Days
Justice-Oriented Teaching
Negotiating Risks
Needing Support
Theorizing with Students
Education with Authenticity and Purpose
Developing Classrooms for Social Action
Progressive Education in Disadvantaged Neighborhoods
Complicating Good Intentions
Conclusion
How Ya Gonna Help Us?
Understanding Each Other
Let Those Voices Be Heard!
Enduring Achievement and Impact
References
Index
About the Author

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