9780807748572

Spectacular Things Happen Along the Way: Lessons from an Urban Classroom

  • ISBN 13:

    9780807748572

  • ISBN 10:

    0807748579

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 03/14/2008
  • Publisher: Teachers College Pr

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Summary

What Happens when a teacher resists the pressures of "teaching to the test" and creates a curriculum based on student needs, wants, and desires? Brian Schultz did just that when he challenged his students from a housing project in Chicago to name a problem in their community that they wanted to solve. When the students unanimously focus on replacing their dilapidated school building, an unforgettable journey is put into motion. As his students examine the conditions of their blighted school and research the deeper causes of decay, they set off on a mission of remedy and repair. It is finally their own questions and activities that power their profound self-transformations. This moving story is a tribute to what determined teachers can achieve in the current stifling environment of high-stakes testing and standardization. Anyone who has faith in creativity, commitment, and the deep potential of inner-city children and youth will want to read this book. Book jacket.

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