Walking Trees: Portraits of Teachers and Children in the Culture of Schools
One September, Ralph Fletcher entered the world of the New York City public school as a staff developer for the Teachers College Writing Project. "Walking Trees" is the dramatic story of how he survived the wrenching highs and lows of that school year.
Beautifully written, alternately funny and poignant, sad and angry, the book offers an authentic portrait of life in the city's schools. The stories and unforgettable characters in this book - the principals, teachers, and children Fletcher worked with - give "Walking Trees" a novelistic quality in which the enormous difficulties of staff development in an urban setting are woven together with events in the greater world.
"Walking Trees" re-creates a world in which all of us who have ever spent time in a school will instantly be able to recognize.
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Review: Walking Trees: Portraits of Teachers and Children in the Culture of SchoolsUser Review - Lynda Felder - Goodreads
Walking Trees chronicles one year that Ralph Fletcher worked with New York City teachers and students for the Teachers College Writing Project. Read his first chapter, “Selective Mute,” and you'll ... Read full review
Review: Walking Trees: Portraits of Teachers and Children in the Culture of SchoolsUser Review - Christopher Lehman - Goodreads
Honest, revealing, sobering. A look at Ralph's first year as a staff developer in city schools and the struggles and strengths of kids and educators. Read full review